Delft, The Netherlands, 08 Nov 2018

Alumna Üwe Best, PhD candidate and her Deltares promotor

In Guyana Üwe Best worked as an engineer for the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and she supervised a number of sea defence projects. A SIDS fellowship for students from Small Island Developing States enabled her to come to the Netherlands in 2015 to join IHE Delft where she did her Master’s degree and graduated with cum laude. In 2016 Üwe joined the unit Marine and Coastal Systems, department Applied Morphodynamics at Deltares for two days a week. Deltares interviewed Üwe about her experiences.

Uwe’s PhD research subject is a logical continuation of her Master’s study in which she specialised in vegetation models, the so-called vegetation-mudflat system. At IHE Delft she worked on the research of salt marshes and mudflat systems with a case study area in the Western Scheldt. Through this project she came into contact with Deltares because this research project was done in collaboration with Deltares. Her research was recently published in the Environmental Modelling & Software Journal.

Uwe: 'I like working at Deltares because employees here have the freedom to develop their own scientific interests. It has been a real advantage to be able to benefit from the experience of my Deltares promotors as I worked along with them. All the employees are very approachable. I think that the real asset of a knowledge institute such as Deltares is that it combines a multi-disciplinary analysis of the challenges in the field of water science. When I started with my Master’s degree at IHE Delft I had no desire to continue with a PhD. However, that plan grew in time. The possibilities at Deltares for a PhD are endless. I feel like a kid in a candy store and am very grateful for the opportunity. More so, the partial funding I receive from Deltares for my research pushes me to do more and to contribute something extra.'

Read the full article of Deltares, written by Annemiek Meertens here.


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