Exchange of Young Researchers within the THESEUS project
Qilong Bi is a young Chinese scientist, who permanently resides at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he has been working on the numerical modelling of sediment transport in Western Scheldt since last year. As a PhD student partially financed by the THESEUS project, he expressed his gratitude to the project and the university for providing him such a valuable opportunity.
He said: “I’m very lucky to be involved in the THESEUS project and have the opportunity to work with many experts. I have learned a lot from them, especially from my supervisor Prof. Erik Toorman and Prof. Jaak Monbaliu. Being part of the THESEUS project is providing me with precious learning and research experiences, from which I will continuously benefit as time goes on.
Loreta Cornacchia is an Italian Master student from La Sapienza - University of Rome, who is carrying out her Master thesis in the framework of the THESEUS Project at ISPRA (Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Taramelli. Currently she is spending two months at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven to study the spatio-temporal dynamics of channelled salt marshes and vegetation patterns in the Western Scheldt through Remote Sensing techniques.
She said: “I would like to sincerely thank the THESEUS Project, Prof. Jaak Monbaliu and Prof. Koen Sabbe for hosting me and giving me the opportunity to carry out field surveys and a satellite overpass on the salt marshes in the Scheldt estuary. Their kind assistance and support will be of great help in the success of the field campaign and of my whole thesis work. I would also like to thank all the people in the Hydraulics Section for already making me feel like part of the group.
Article by Qilong Bi and Loreta Cornacchia