In August the freshman excursion took place again. During this four day excursion the prospective AES students have gotten the opportunity to get to know multiple companies in the Netherlands and Belgium.
On Thursday the first company was visited. A small bike ride brought the students to Shell Rijswijk. Here a drill simulator was demonstrated and the scientific lab was shown. Back in Delft the students were welcomed by Timo Heimovaara and Jan Kees Blom.
The next day the bus was waiting to bring the students to KNMI CESAR Obervatory. Here multiple instruments and measuring devices were demonstrated, that were used for studying the atmosphere and interaction with the land surface. After this visit the excusrion followed its way to Witteveen en Bos. Here presentation were given regarding some of their projects and the students got a tour through the Zuidas in Amsterdam.
On Saturday the students visited an old coalmine in Blegny. Here they descended to a depth of 30 meters and learned about the history of this mine. After the tour the future students got the opportunity to meet the committee members and play all different games. Afterwards everybody could enjoy a nice barbecue.
On the last day of the excursion the students could wake up nicely with the geological walk in the morning. A PhD student accompanied the students along beautiful outcrops in Ninglinspo and explained them about the different geological structures that could be observed.
All in all it was a very successful weekend, where the prospective students got to understand a little better in which field they could end up in the future.