european mechanical engineering student council congress (EMESCC)
After a rushed morning, a dangerous journey on the underground, surviving the rush hour, finally I had made it on time to Liverpool Street Station! There, I meet the other UCL delegates, the MES committee. We were on our way to Germany! Karlsruhe to be exact, for the 4th annual European Mechanical Engineering Student Council Congress ( in short EMESCC). There, we would meet other Mechanical Engineering students from different European universities. So, it had quite an international appeal. This year, over 170 students from Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Germany and Austria were present to represent their student societies, or ‘’councils’’ as they call it.
Passing through the airport security. Watching Emma in total stress because she was about to board a plane. Trying to find the right bus to the station. Nearly missing our train. We had finally arrived at Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). That same night, we had dinner together and socialised with all the attendees afterwards.
The next day, we got the chance to go on different excursions of local industries. To Bosch, the Freudenberg Group, Mack Rides, the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, Daimler, and BASF. It was fantastic! To see how they run, what research they conduct, their design methods and equipment. We had the chance to have local guides who gave us exquisite tours. Although it was a long day, we got the chance to go on a pub crawl later. This allowed us to create a group dynamic and to socialise more with other students.
The rest of the week, we attended workshops. Over, 13 workshops were organised with topics ranging from Networking, Public Relations, to Financial Issues, International Exchanges, etc. For example, one workshop taught us how to improve the MES website and social media. Other workshops we attended were on sponsorship, events, etc. At the same time, we saw how different societies operate in their own countries, their structure and the way they run their MechEng societies. We inspired ourselves from them. This was helpful, as it allowed us, as a committee, to see how to improve and expand the MES for all the students of our home department.
A great fun during the congress was the tour of the city. Its magnificent parks and marvellous golden palace, which is at the centre of Karlsruhe. The tomb of the old king, which is a pyramid, pretty awesome to be fair. You know you got there when your tomb is a pyramid! The last day, the whole congress gathered to recap everything covered during the week. We also presented our gifts to the organisers. Finally, the congress voted for the next host, who is Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, otherwise known to everyone as DTU.
Even though I would be able to talk on and on about our time at the congress, it is simply not enough to explain what we learned and did. This has just made us even more impatient for next year’s EMESCC in Copenhagen.
The UCLMES and I would once more want to thank the university KIT, and our host, the Fachschaft Maschinenbau/Chemieingenieurwesen KIT, for all the work they put in to organise such a great conference. They did it with great precision and efficiency. The true beauty of Deutsche Qualität. Good luck to Danmarks Tekniske Universitet for next year’s EMESCC!
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