Despite the biting Hanoi winter, a warm exchange of knowledge and possibilities took place on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024, as the Faculty of Anthropology from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), led by Dr. Nguyen Viet Hoang – Vice-dean of the faculty, embarked on a fascinating journey into the world of ACROSS Laboratory.

The crisp air of the day was mirrored by the eagerness of the faculty members as they huddled together for introductions, each eager to delve into the depths of ACROSS’s cutting-edge research and technology. Following the warm welcome, the ACROSS team, led by Prof. Alexis Drogoul, embarked on a captivating tour of the laboratory.

The Hoan Kiem Air model was introduced to the visitors on its useful applications in real life, especially the use of the VR headset.

Like a modern-day alchemist’s workshop, the ACROSS lab hummed with the energy of groundbreaking research. The laboratory isn’t just about futuristic gadgets and gizmos. It’s also a breeding ground for future anthropologists. The visit continued with the round introduction of faculty members and ACROSS members.

The ACROSS team enthusiastically presented the ACROSS’s activities on irrigation systems and the SIMPLE project including internship opportunities, offering USSH students a chance to roll up their sleeves and get hands-on experience in this dynamic field. The faculty delegation showed great interest in these two projects and the chance to collaborate. The visit concluded with a lively Q&A session, where faculty members peppered the ACROSS team with questions about everything from ethical considerations in technological research to the potential impact on traditional anthropological methodologies.

The visit left a lasting impression on both the USSH faculty and the ACROSS team. It was a testament to the power of collaboration and the exciting possibilities that arise when cutting-edge technology meets the timeless wisdom of anthropology. So, as the last rays of the cold winter sun dipped below the horizon, it was clear that the warmth of intellectual curiosity had ignited a fire within the walls of the ACROSS Laboratory. This visit was not just a brief encounter between two institutions, but the spark that promises to illuminate the path of future anthropological exploration.