BOOK: “The Baltimore Boys” by Joël Dicker

THE AUTHOR Joël Dicker has a very personal style as some details of his writings are based on his personal experiences. For example, his childhood summers spent in the Maine, USA, served as inspiration for the setting of some of his books, including his best known novel “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair”, which … Continue reading BOOK: “The Baltimore Boys” by Joël Dicker

Use of Language: Verbs

Sentences are composed by a subject, a verb, and complementary information (if necessary). Verbs convey the subject’s action (1) or the subject’s state (2). For example: (1) Phileas Fogg travelled the world. Subject: Phileas Fogg Action: to travel Complementary information: the world (2) Phileas Fogg was intelligent. Subject: Phileas Fogg State: to be Complementary information: … Continue reading Use of Language: Verbs

INTERVIEW: Doing a PhD Thesis

Albertina Palma is a retired Professor in Portugal, with a PhD in education politics and administration. Her PhD thesis is called “The restructure of higher education in Portugal within the framework of the Bologna Process (1999-2010): the mediators, the forums, and the edition of a referential for higher education”.   ACPN: Your thesis is about … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Doing a PhD Thesis

NEWS! Archaeological Excavations in Algarve

ACPN was invited to visit the archaeological excavations taking place in Cacela-a-Velha, Algarve, Portugal, between 27 June and 15 July. The aim is to provide experience to university students and discover more about this once important harbour. With the beach as background, the students are busy continuing the work that was interrupted in 2019 due … Continue reading NEWS! Archaeological Excavations in Algarve

BOOK: “Prisoners of Geography” by Tim Marshall

THE AUTHOR Tim Marshall is a British journalist specialized in foreign affairs. He was in the field during the Balkan wars in 1990’s, the Kosovo’s bombardments in 1999, and the “Arab Spring” in 2010. He also followed on site the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria. Besides reporting throughout Europe, USA, and Asia, he … Continue reading BOOK: “Prisoners of Geography” by Tim Marshall

BOOK: “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco

THE AUTHOR Besides being a famous writer, Umberto Eco was a Professor at the University of Bologna specialized in medieval literature and philosophy. This period of history and his great interest in sign processes and meanings influenced not only his academic work, but also his work as a writer. He was also an acclaimed literary … Continue reading BOOK: “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco

PROJECT: Endurance: the lost ship

Between 1897 and 1922 several expeditions to Antarctica were carried out. Ignorance combined with insufficient budget often resulted in a very deficient risk assessment and bad planning, leading to mission failing, men injuring (physically or mentally) or dying… or absolute glory. Endurance was a ship that took part in one of those expeditions. Initially built … Continue reading PROJECT: Endurance: the lost ship

BOOK: “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway

THE AUTHOR Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 "for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style." The Old Man and the Sea had been awarded with the Pulitzer Prize … Continue reading BOOK: “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Implemented in 2011, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is part of the Language Policy Programme of the Council of Europe . The aim was to standardise at some level the language education throughout the European Union (EU). The baseline of the CEFR is the 6 levels of foreign language proficiency , … Continue reading Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Horizon 2020: General Statistics

Horizon Dashboard is a place where you can find data about Horizon projects. Besides finding data about each project, you can also find general data. According to this site, Horizon 2020 (H2020) had about 1 million applications in total. However, only about 665,000 of those applications were actually eligible and only about 100,000 eligible applications … Continue reading Horizon 2020: General Statistics