Vadim Voskresensky PhD and work in Berlin
Vadim Voskresensky spent almost 7 years in the St. Petersburg State University. He finished his bachelor's and master's degrees and wrote his diploma with Daniil Alexandrov. He began teaching students in his second year of master's program, under the guidance of Ilya Musabirov. After the graduation, he continued teaching even more actively - the Data Science minor course, "Information Systems" course. Vadim worked at Laboratory of Sociology in Education and Science for most of his teaching time. In the spring of 2018, at the suggestion of Daniel Alexandrov, he left to work and to write his PhD at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in Berlin. It is a research institute that brings together scientists from universities in Berlin and Brandenburg. One of the main ideas of the institute is that people from different disciplines are involved, so they can interact with each other, share experiences and results, and have fun.
"Communicating with people from different fields is an important skill. It requries the ability to explain the essence of personal activity, some methodological aspects of the work. Memers of the team should be good at describing the code for work. It can be understood by people who are on the first stages of programing. At the same time, we should listen to each other, think about theoretical framework of the research, think more about the literature that's being used."
"I worked and studied in St. Petersburg, so the communication was in Russian. Here I learned to communicate in English, to discuss projects in English. My colleagues learned this too, because now only one member of the group is a native speaker. He is from Australia. The rest of the team are all Germans. English is more usual for them, and for me not so much. It's an important skill to work in English, to write in English."
"Science for social good is about how analysts can help non-profits. It is an interesting challenge - figuring out how to interact with such non-profits, how to do events for them. I'm interested in that right now, I'm thinking about it, and I've been involved in some of the events."
"The conference is called SatRday - it's the kind of conference that's organized by the local community. Saturday happens in Amsterdam, in Budapest. We organized the first conference of this kind in Berlin, and we are going to do it in 2020. We will create a new version, considering all the problems and difficulties of organizing the first one. I think we will do it even better. Although the first one wasn't bad either."
"The whole course was in German. When I started attend it, I was disturbed by the fact that I did understand nothing. I thought that I have been living in Germany for two years, and I still do not know the language. It made me very sad, so I decided to surround myself with German. I signed up for an intensive course in December, practiced German every day for three hours. Now I have classes from Monday to Thursday, that is, every four days - 12 hours of German a week. I read books, listen to podcasts. I feel like I'm getting much better at German."
"A lot of time is spent on team projects. It is hard to work on both team projects and a thesis at the same time. They are related, but still. Plus, I would like to have free time for hobbies: study German, learn to program better, go to sports. I try to find a balance between work and daily hobbies. Also, Berlin suits my musical tastes, there are great events with musicians. Before, I could only dream of seeing them live, but now I get to see all my favorite musicians."