On Monday October 8th, I gave a short PhD pitch at the kick-off meeting for 3TU.Bouw Center for the Built Environment, which combines the four academic Built Environment faculties of the Netherlands. My PhD pitch (5 minutes presentation) represented the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology. The event also allowed for outreach to the public sector and the building industry of the Netherlands.
In my presentation, I gave a quick overview of the project on the capacity of existing concrete bridges and briefly discussed the research from the group of Concrete Structures, Structural Mechanics, and the cooperation with TNO and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. The end of the pitch focuses on the impact of the research: the (inter)national scientific impact of this project, as well as the broader impact on society showing how this project contributes to a more sustainable future.
I’ve shared my slides on SlideShare:
Nice job, you look calm and confident! I don't understand what you're saying, but is it me or your accent is different from the \”normal\” dutch accent? You're from Belgium, right? Maybe that's why… Your accent seems softer than the accent of my dutch colleagues (dutch always sounds very rough to me)
Indeed, Rita, I have a different accent in Dutch, since I speak the \”Flemish Dutch\” or the \”Belgian Dutch\” – it's indeed softer, especially on the consonants. People in Holland notice it from the moment I open my mouth, and then they usually go: \”Oooh you're from Belgium!\”