Alumni Talks is an event series where former OeAD scholars talk about themselves and their research. They present their personal and professional experiences before and after their stay in Austria to a broad public. Nearly 20 scholars from different countries and educational backgrounds have already been invited to talk about their inspiring research projects, challenges, and experiences.
Basanta Raj Adhikari, Nepal
How does climate change impact the Himalayas? Experiences from Nepal | 11 April 2019
The former OeAD scholarship holder Basanta Raj Adhikari shared his experiences made during his PhD studies at the University of Vienna. He told the audience about his work as an assistant professor at the Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and explained how climate change affects the people in his home country.
Kesang Wangchuk, Bhutan
Finding Happiness in Science and Research | 21 March 2019
The Bhutanese Kesang Wangchuk talked about his work as a Principal Research Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Bhutan and the concept of "gross national happiness". He told his own story of how he found happiness in research and recalled his time during scholarship-supported stays in Austria.
Tanushree Gupta, India
Conserving World Heritage together: Cooperation between India and Austria | 25 October 2018
Ernst Mach grant holder Tanushree Gupta talked about her professional career as a restorer, about inspiring moments and about her scholarship stays in Austria with different OeAD programmes. She is involved in several Austrian-Indian cooperations.
Rosalie Arcala Hall, Philippines
Academics thinking locally: a scholar's role in widening participation | 19 October 2017
Rosalie Arcala Hall who received a North-South-Dialogue Scholarship (financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation) in 2006/2007 and an Ernst Mach Follow-up Grant financed by the Federal Ministry of Science in 2017 shared her experience in society-relevant research.
Gibson S. Nyanhongo, Zimbabwe
From the University of Zimbabwe to IFA Tulln: My journey in biotechnology | 12 May 2017
Gibson S. Nyanhongo, one of the beneficiaries of the North-South Dialogue Scholarship funded by the Austrian development cooperation, shared his experiences in Austria and his research activities.
Sayeh Agegnehu, Ethiopia
Csaba Vad, Hungary
Global change in alpine lakes – what can microscopic organisms tell us? | 3 November 2016
Csaba Vad is an aquatic ecologist and obtained an Ernst Mach fellowship at WasserCluster Lunz in the working group of Robert Ptacnik. During this period, he started to work with alpine lakes focusing on their planktonic organisms.
Kevin Nyongesa, Kenya
How to build up successful partnerships | 17 March 2016
Kevin Nyongesa completed the Master Programme "Mountain Forestry" at the BOKU in 2014. Since then he has worked as a lecturer at the Department of Natural Resources at Egerton University. Kevin is doing his PhD on "Fire management in Mt. Kenya Forest" at the BOKU. His studies are financed by APPEAR.
Vittorio Pace, Italy
Railway chemistry. Departure station: Italy, direction: Austria. How to approach an international academic career in chemistry | 15 October 2015
Vittorio's main research activity deals with the development of synthetic tactics based on the use of organolithiums methods with vistas to their application in synthetic medicinal chemistry.
Felicia Arudo Yieke, Kenya
Language and power | 19 March 2015
Felicia Arudo Yieke has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Vienna. For her PhD studies she received a North-South-Dialogue scholarship, financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). Her research interests are in the areas of sociolinguistics and discourse analysis.
Sara de Jong, Netherlands
Intercultural mediators: The experiences of migrant NGO workers in Austria | 23 October 2014
Sara de Jong has a PhD in Politics from the University of Nottingham, UK. In 2012 she received an Ernst Mach Grant from the OeAD to conduct her research at the University of Vienna. Her research and teaching expertise include citizenship and civil society, migration and diversity, and feminism.
Rhoda Birech, Kenya
How to build up successful partnerships? | 11 March 2014
Rhoda Birech is a senior lecturer at Egerton University and holds a PhD in Organic Agriculture from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria. For her research she received a North-South Dialogue Scholarship, financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation.
Sandra Aparcana, Peru
Corporate social responsibility – Opportunities for companies and society | 24 October 2013
Sandra Aparcana earned her PhD at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation. Her professional expertise encompasses renewable energy, life cycle assessment and sustainable waste management in developing countries.
Bálint Kovács, Hungary
Bis(s) nach Wien. Von Vampiren, Zombies und dem Forschen in Österreich | 10 April 2014
Bálint Kovács verfasste seine Dissertation über deutschsprachige Horrorfilme und phantastische Literatur der Zwischenkriegszeit. Er erhielt ein Ernst-Mach-Stipendium sowie ein Franz-Werfel-Stipendium.
Zerfu Hailu, Fentahun Mengistu & Belayneh Ayele, Ethiopia
How to build up a university partnership with Austria? An Ethiopian perspective | 6 March 2013
The three alumni are team members of the appear project "TRANSACT", whose main objective is to strengthen the transformation competences of the Ethiopian consortium partners in research and training.
Paul T. Yillia, Sierra Leone
The outcome of Rio+20: Is "the future we want" achievable? | 17 October 2012
Paul T. Yillia's expertise includes capacity development in the water sector. He is a member of the International Water Association and belongs to some of its specialist groups, including Healthrelated Water Microbiology, River Basin Management and Diffuse Pollution.
Helen Nakimbugwe, Uganda
Chiheb Mehtelli, Tunisia & Jean Bertrand Miguoue, Cameroon
Österreichische Literatur in Afrika | 21 March 2012
Chiheb Mehtelli ist ehemaliger Franz Werfel-Stipendiat des OeAD. Sein Forschungsschwerpunkt ist Thomas Bernhard. Jean Bertrand Miguoue ist ebenfalls ehemaliger Franz Werfel-Stipendiat des OeAD und sein Forschungsschwerpunkt ist Peter Handke.
Steve Omondi Odour, Kenya
Impact of changes in rainfall patterns on the flamingo populations in two Kenyan Rift Valley lakes | 1 December 2011
Steve Omondi Odour graduated with the Doctor of life sciences from Vienna University in 2006. His studies were funded within the North-South-Dialogue Scholarship Programme, financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).
Dana Pfeiferová, Czech Republic
Erfahrungen einer "Werfelianerin" | 15 June 2011
Dana Pfeiferová erhielt ein Franz-Werfel-Stipendium an der Universität Wien. Zu ihren Forschungsschwerpunkten zählen Neuere österreichische Literatur und Libuše Moníková.
Subodh Sharma, Nepal
Alarming signs of climate change and pollution in the Himalayan lakes and rivers | 17 March 2011
Subodh Sharma completed his PhD "Biological Assessment of Water Quality in the Rivers of Nepal" at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) within the North-South-Dialogue Scholarship Programme, financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).
Paul Bukuluki, Uganda
Peace and conflict issues in Africa taking a case of the Great Lakes region | 17 January 2011
Paul Bukuluki completed his PhD "Succession planning for orphans and vulnerable children in the context of HIV/AIDS" within the North-South-Dialogue Scholarship Programme financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) at the University of Vienna.