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Inge Wiekenkamp is a 27-year-old Dutch doctoral student in hydrology. She lives in Germany where she sings and plays the harp in her free time.

Inge Wiekenkamp is a 27-year-old Dutch doctoral student in hydrology. She lives in Germany where she sings and plays the harp in her free time.

Finding balance in science and music.

I am a scientist. Unraveling and understanding the hidden functions of the environment is one of my great passions, and I have the luxury of being paid for it. I’ve had the opportunity to travel, work, and be united with nature in some of the most beautiful areas of our planet. I caught and monitored snakes and other reptiles in South Africa, worked on the protection of a crater lake in Nicaragua, studied part of my master’s program in Berlin, and did field work in high-altitude pine forests in Tenerife.

My work is difficult and time-consuming. Research keeps me occupied, even after working hours. Sometimes I catch myself solving an equation while searching for my favorite cheese in the supermarket. I often wondered how to stop this train of thoughts that circulated in my head. I needed a way to relax my brain and release these thoughts. So I turned to the harp, or maybe I should say I returned to the harp.

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