Back in Germany with Napier’s publishing postgrads

Last week I had the opportunity to fly back home to Germany as part of an exchange of our publishing course at Edinburgh Napier University and the Mainz University. Early this year I already had the chance to meet some of the Mainz students while they were visiting our University. It was great to see them again and get to know each other better.

We arrived late at night on the 1st of May and started on the 2nd of May with a day at the Mainz University. We got the chance to listen to a lot of interesting topics and learn about the German book market, which was also new to me since I studied something different in my undergrad. The day ended with us seeing the Archives of the University and having a get-together with all students and speakers of the day. This obviously included some traditional food for the region, which I have to admit really missed back in Edinburgh.

On our 2nd day we had the pleasure to go to Heidelberg and not only see the beautiful city but also visited the Springer Nature office. Continue reading “Back in Germany with Napier’s publishing postgrads”

Friendships forged with Leipzig and Mainz

This was a jam-packed week, with Publishing Scotland’s Conference on Tuesday (blog reports to follow), and SYP Scotland’s The Book – From The Inside Out on Thursday. Inbetween, we organised a veritable feast of events and activities for our visitors from Leipzig and Mainz Universities.

IMG_1008Three students and their professors visited us from HTWK Leipzig, and 11 students from Mainz University with their professors enjoyed our organised cover workshops, guest lectures, and speakers from industry (book and magazine publishing), not to mention presentations, industry visits and drinks receptions.

IMG_1016We kicked off the week in grand style with a Scottish evening where we all got to know each other over traditional Scottish food (haggis included), with Scottish pop music courtesy of DJ Dave!

DSCF7067_cropAs is the case when happiness reigns, time went too quickly and we were sad to say auf wiedersehen to the Mainz students on Friday. However, as the sun shone over the Forth Bridge, we looked forward to meeting again in May, and to ongoing and future collaboration.