AR_lab may now have quite a few members but until last week most of them had not met each other! With Olivia in Adelaide, Erica in Brisbane, Magda in East Malling and Darwin in Rothamsted and with Findi in her first week getting together has been challenge! But last week we managed! - sort of!
From left to right: Magda, Daisy, Darwin, Findi; on computer Erica (left) and Olivia (right) and me (in the tiny inset screen bottom right)
Magda and Darwin made the journey to Nottingham and Erica and Olivia skyped in meaning we covered 3 time zones, two hemispheres and two very different seasons (with a layer of snow here that day!). We are also from 5 different countries including Spain, UK, Nigeria, America and Australia (with an American and Brit living in Australia and the Australian living in the UK!).
The lab meeting was based around a 5-minute-thesis style talk (no powerpoint, something about ourselves and something about our research) followed by a chat about our different and complimentary skills sets.
Then the fun stuff! Together we braved the weather (and traffic) and the 5 of us on site, piled into a car and headed to Calke Abbey (normally about 20 minutes from campus). I feel the title for a book coming on: Five go on a team building day!
We had fun exploring the gardens and seeing the snowdrops despite the cold weather! Here are a few pictures from our afternoon...
When we got back to campus we all gathered in the tea room for a nice hot cuppa before train journeys home!
I have to say I'm incredibly excited about this group of people. Fun, bright and motivated! Watch out world...my model team are on the way up!