As the summers approach, not only is the tennis and cricket seasons here but so is the time for summer schools. Doctoral summer schools are regularly held in various scientific fields where top researchers are invited to give shirt intense courses on the state of the art. Summer schools are useful for a number of reasons.
This is a great opportunity to hear things from the horse’s mouth. The minicourses are not only are great overview of the subject but may prove more effective than reading surveys.
For a PhD student especially in his first two students, a summer school is an ideal way to ensure that the summer does not go wasted.
Most summer schools are directed towards doctoral students and postdocs to expand the field and disseminate the latest knowledge. Due to the aims of such schools, the payment is specially subsidized for PhD students.
Doctoral summer schools are arranged by the senior people within the research community. The speakers at the summer schools are also invited because of their knowledge, Therefore, attending a summer school is great way of becoming part o a research community. One also gets a chance of meeting one’s own peers from other universities and countries. There may also be chances for useful collaboration.
Recreation and social aspect
Summer schools are normally arranged in nice locations. There are opportunities to go for excursions and also get recreation. Some of these events may lead to long lasting friendships.