"It is with great pleasure that I am writing this testimonial to express my view about EM-AtoSiM programme. I am originally form Ethiopia and joined EM-AtoSim in 2010/11. Joining AtoSiM was a great experience both academically and socially. Academically, I feel very proud and privileged to have gone through the intensive AtoSiM courses offered at ENS de Lyon and the research programme at Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza" within the time frame of one year which I believe was short. Socially, I met friends from all over the world with different religion, culture, language and educational back ground and yet lived in Harmony. The administrative service that I got since before the beginning of the Programme was also sensational.
In general, I believe the programme helps students from developing countries to have an equal footing in theoretical and computational science with those students in developed countries and also helps them to have external exposure.
Last but not least, I thank you for being given this chance and I recommend students all over the world to apply for this programme if they ever needed to engage themselves in the computational science world."
Wagner Homsi Brandeburgo
"The AtoSim program gave me the unique opportunity to study in top institutes within Europe (ENS-Lyon and UvA) and to learn in such a well-structured way the science of molecular simulations. I'll never forget the fine lectures of Tristan Albaret, clear in argument and deep on its content, and other internationally renowned Professors such as Peter Holdsworth, Ralf Everaers and Jean-Louis Barrat. Also, during the research it was very satisfying to work in such an integrated environment (UvA - HIMS) with a very motivating and skilled supervisor (Dr. Bernd Ensing). Overall it was a very rich experience on these amazing settings that contributed not only to my professional but also personal growth."
"I am very proud to be an EM-AtoSiM student and to be under the guidance of the best minds in Europe and perhaps in the whole world. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to improve ourselves. Getting to know different places and people in Europe is awesome. Other than that, one has a chance to obtain a double master's degree from the top universities of the world. Indeed, AtoSiM is a truly remarkable experience I will never forget. Thank you AtoSiM."
"I heard about the AtoSiM Master program when I was going to graduate in Physics in Brazil and, since I wanted to pursue my graduate studies in the field of computer simulations, I decided to apply. My application was one of the selected by the committee and I was awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for one academic year. The MSc courses at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon started in fall 2006. There I had the opportunity to attend classes with some of the world's leading scientists in the field of molecular simulations. The research part of the program, in turn, was carried out at Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza" in the second semester. The partner institutions of the program (the third is the University of Amsterdam, where we attended a Winter School on Molecular Simulation) are for sure among the best educational institutions in Europe. I can say, with no doubt, that the AtoSiM master program opened some important doors in my academic life. After defending my MSc dissertation and obtaining a double Master diploma in Physics within the program (issued by Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza"), I started a PhD in Materials Science in France and I still am working on computer simulations in solid state."
The academic side is outstanding, but the cultural side also is very interesting. For people coming from outside of Europe, participating in the AtoSiM program represents a good opportunity to get immersed in the rich and diverse European culture. The nightlife in Amsterdam, the historical heritage of Rome, and "la bonne cuisine française" in Lyon definitely are worth to know and enjoy. Besides, travelling in Europe, if you earn in Euros, is not that expensive. There are low fare air companies with many destinations in the continent and cheap hostels in all the important cities.
Emmanuel Baribefe Naziga
"The AtoSiM experience was quite an enriching one for me. Of course it goes without saying that the program is quite challenging given the breath and depth of material covered and the time frame that this was done; but it all very rewarding at the end and the calibre of Professors teaching the course makes it worth the effort. Another thing I treasure is the opportunity to meet fellow students from practically all corners of the world and forge friendships that is still enduring three years after the course and that I hope will continue for much longer! I would definitely advise anyone interested in taking a top notch modelling course to consider the AtoSiM program."