Engineering and Sustainable Development in Bucharest

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Final year undergraduate and postgraduate Physics and Electrical and Electronic Engineering students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 15 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This Engineering and Sustainable Development trip to Bucharest will give students the opportunity to visit Horia Hulubei National Institute for R&D in Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH) located in Magurele, 6 km south of Bucharest, the capital of Romania. The institute is dedicated to the research and development in physical and natural sciences, mainly to Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Engineering.

The main focus of this trip will be a visit to the Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) center, which is one of the most prestigious research infrastructures in the world. At the Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) center has been designed and successful developed a very high intensity laser system. This laser is, part of the European ELI Project, marked as a world premiere after reaching the highest power, 10 PetaWatts.

The students will have a unique and exciting opportunity to see/explore this laser as well as its applications in areas like discovering new radioactive isotopes to treat cancer or test materials used in space exploration and missions. Apart of visiting the Lasers System Department, the student will have the opportunity to visit other departments of the ELI-NP, such as Gamma system, Laser driven Experiments and Laser Gamma Experiments.

By participating in the trip, students will develop a better understanding of the high power laser & nuclear physics concepts.  The visit will also provide students with an opportunity to discuss the recent research and development with the eminent researchers in the field, which may lead to future international collaborations and opportunities.

Cultural activities

During this trip the students will have the opportunity to see, engage and experience Romanian culture. Cultural activities on this trip include a visit at the Palace of the Parliament and Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum. The Palace of Parliament is the world’s second-largest administrative building (after the Pentagon) and started to be built in 1984, the 330,000-sq-metre building has more than 3000 rooms and one of the most popular attractions to visit in Bucharest. The Village Museum is an open-air ethnographic museum located in the King Michael I Park, showcasing traditional Romanian village life. There is also the possibility that students will be able to visit the National museum of Romanian History, National museum of Art of Romania and the Redemption of the Romanian Nation Cathedral.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Romanian immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

The Global Mobility Office can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 27 April 2020
  • Return date: Thursday 30 April 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers (£50), food and drink, activities (£15) and visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 17 February 2020 9am