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GoodBye LASA, Goodbye old friend


Basilio was indeed right that "It is an interesting conundrum when the person responsible for writing the usual farewell blog is also the person that has to say goodbye". It is almost the end of my five and a half fantastic years in LASA. Meeting awesome people, playing with multiple robots, debugging tons of incomprehensible codes, writing some papers/reports and travelling nonstop. Life as a PhD student was indeed a great experience. It has lots of ups and downs which make it interestingly unpredictable. Highly recommended. Thanks a lot LASA, thanks a lot LASA's crew and Thanks a lot Aude, indeed thank you so much. 

Goodbye, farewell and hope to see you again in the lab before and in the apéro after the defences, in the conferences, at barbecues/house-warmings or elsewhere. I am sure we are going to meet a lot and I would make sure that you will not miss me. 

Sina out.

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 0:03
Dr. Iason, You nailed it!

A real greek man never puts on a tie even on his defense ;)

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 11:48
The family

We grow, we shrink, but we stay always together.

The fondue was indeed good, no Saurav? ;)


Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 8:40
Almost the end

Let's practice: Dr. Mirrazavi Salehian :D

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 23:13
Lasa's family

@Kunpeng,  don't be shy ;)

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 20:43
Great game with professionals



Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 12:29
Congratulation Dr. Pais Ureche

The big day finally passed :) 

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 17:06
The last geek from Jurassic Period

LASA: What was the happiest moment of your PhD life ?

"Times when I was happy with work and I could fully appreciate life outside the lab."

LASA:  What will you miss most from your time in Lasa ?

" The people."

LASA:  What advice can you give to new PhD students ?

" Talk to as many people as you can. To find an idea, to test an idea, to ask for a different point of view, or just because talking to other people is good for you. 

LASA:   What do you feel most guilty about?

" Don't do guilt. 

There are much better motivators than guilt." 



Nicolas, we've already missed you. Have fun out there!

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 21:34
Jose Ramon Medina, the Postdoc!

This is going to be a honest reply to this questionnaire. No make-up and no smart, flashy answers.


LASA: "Do you remember the happiest moment of your Postdoc life?"

Remembering how cool it was to make things work together with other people and experiencing that joy again.

LASA: "Do you remember the time you felt most afraid? If so, what was your thought process at the time?"

I’ve been having a hard time feeling bad about not meeting my own expectations and at the same time having to commute every weekend to Munich. This was very hard. It was then very interesting to observe how my mind crushed all those expectations in a sort of survival reaction to reach the point where I couldn’t care less about all those (now meaningless) things.

LASA: “Is there anything you would like to do that you haven’t done yet?”

I would love to have 6 months, a sound studio room, a bunch of MIDI instruments, some friends visiting sometimes and myself. I’d love to listen to what’s sounding in that room after that. I’d like to get to know myself in the infinite space of music where no criteria nor rules prevail. Overwhelming!

LASA: “If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?”

If it’s concerning my own decisions, I’m not changing a thing. I accept myself as I am, for the good and the bad things.

LASA: “What will you miss the most from your time as a Postdoc in LASA?”

The people! Anything else is irrelevant.

About specific moments, I’ll miss the nice discussions with Felix and Klas.

I’d love to repeat boom,boom… lamp flashing…. boom,boom orange splashing …

LASA: “What advice can you give to new Postdocs?”

There is a continuous process in each person (or at least in myself) seeking for something different. If you want to do a Postdoc make sure you are not at all close to the point where

  1. you already understood too well how things work/do not work in a research group and

  2. where every research problem you could consider reminds you of another problem you already know.

LASA: "What do you feel most guilty about?"

I don’t feel guilt anymore.

“What’s surprised you most about being a Postdoc?”

That nothing surprised me. That was surprising!

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 14:13
Congrationation Dr. Sommer!

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 20:16
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