After studying Bioengineering Forest and Nature Management, it soon became clear to me that climate is going to have a big impact on nature, agriculture and our living environment. I therefore wanted to learn more about weather and climate and what the upcoming changes will bring about. This postgraduate degree was the perfect training for this. The postgraduate program counts a limited number of students which is quite nice as you get to know them well and the teaching style is personal and engaging. You are also taught by different experts from not only UGent but also the RMI, so you learn about the many applications of climate science from different angles. Furthermore, I personally had a very broad education as a bio-engineer, including a solid portion of mathematics and physics in the first years. In my masters, this became somewhat less relevant. During the postgraduate, of course, the focus was eagerly put back on this. It took some refreshing, but after a while and with various practical and modelling exercises, it was very nice to work in this way again.
I now work at the engineering firm Antea Group. I applied for a vacancy as an ecologist but was allowed to start because of my training as a postgraduate in weather and climate modelling. They were looking for people with climate knowledge and that turned out to be rare. Here, I work on spatial development studies and projects that deal with both nature and climate. In fact, climate studies within this sector are gaining such momentum that I contacted Professor Caluwaerts back for specific advice and a possible collaboration. This led to the fact that I will now carry out doctoral research in collaboration with the Department of Physics and Astronomy in function of Antea.