That we can learn, understand and discover things.
Solanum elaeagnifolium, an invasive species I first "discovered" on vacation. Not only does it look beautiful, but it is also drought resistant and can be crossed with eggplants. This fits perfectly into my work and whenever I see this plant I think of holidays. The same goes for Cuscuta, but Cuscuta is not a beautiful plant...
That the scientific goals and questions of young doctoral students have lead to some results which were much better than expected.
I have experienced a warm welcome and help from my colleagues and friends at the HHU. Corona makes a lot of things difficult, we work mostly theoretically, but for the establishment of two new institutes there are certain challenges without personal interaction. After all, I also have an almost five-year-old daughter who misses her friends and can't go to daycare.
If you experience setbacks, see this as a welcome learning experience.
How can we use methods of data science to understand plants - since I already do – how to improve neuroprosthetics.
Learning new things, e.g. languages or new concepts in computer science or mathematics, which are not in my research area. Or teaching my daughter technical things.
Head of the Institute Biological Data Science, HHU & Head of the Institute of Bioinformatics IBG4, Forschungszentrum Jülich
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