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Erasmus+ Trip to Copenhagen

APS currently represents the UK in a five nation EU Erasmus+ project. The three-year project brings students form France, Germany, Poland, Denmark and the UK together in week long student meetings to consider the question ‘Nuclear Fusion – THE clean energy source of the future?’ 

Last year students meet in Hamburg, Germany and had a superb time. This year its Copenhagen, Denmark and Thoron, Poland.

From 19th to 25th November we were in Copenhagen looking at the issues with wind energy and energy storage. The week long meeting was an enormous success, the students stayed with Danish host families and got a real taste of Danish home, school and university life.

In a time of a seemingly increasingly divided Europe it gave me great pleasure to see student teams representing all 5 nations enjoying communicating, working together and presenting to a large audience. Well done to Rafa, George and Jeremy, their glowing reviews below are testament to the value of the experience for all.

In my opinion, the whole week has been brilliant. Travelling to places, such as DTU, and engaging in activities, such as measuring the overall efficiency of turbines that we created out of lego in a wind tunnel has been really interesting and informative. It was also brilliant to meet people with similar interests from the whole of Europe and get to know their varying cultures throughout the week. Everyone was also very, very welcoming and the city itself is beautiful. Overall, this week has been an astounding experience and I am very grateful to be part of the programme!Rafa
This week has been amazing, at the start of the trip I was slightly wishing that we were staying with our fellow countrymen in hotels, but now knowing how the week has gone I am very happy I didn’t get my way and we did in fact stay with the Danes. It has been an incredible experience to learn about the differences and similarities in the culture of the Danish, and unlike some learning experiences; it was also incredibly fun. I speak for myself and everyone I have talked to in saying that Copenhagen is an amazing city and the universities, schools, teachers, lecturers and students of Denmark have been everything and more that anyone could expect them to be. While there were times when the tempo was perhaps a bit slow, this was sometimes welcome given the early starts. On the whole I cannot thank Ernst, his family and fellow students enough for being such great hosts, and thank you also to Erasmus and Vibenshus Gynasium for organising everything.George
This week has been fantastic, being able to not only study new forms of energy production and storage with international students, but also being able to spend time with them. I loved spending time with my host Daniel, who is not only a great guide of Copenhagen but also now a great friend. The entire exchange programme has allowed us to learn about other cultures, work together and make many new friends! The visits to the DTU taught us a lot about how wind energy is used in Denmark, as well as other forms of energy production and storage, and the party on Thursday allowed us to relax and have fun all together. Overall, it was a very exciting experience!Jeremy