Improvement of intellectual abilities and practical skills of graduate students in the field of preparation and operation of experiment for accurate determination of hygrothermal properties of porous materials is exemplified via measurements using a specifically designed apparatus from which water and heat transport parameters can be obtained. This supports students in the development of physical thinking, competences in processing of experimental data, and broadening scientific and research potential and intellectual skills in general. A specific task for students described in this paper is the measurement of a time evolution of a temperature of cylindrical samples immersed in water, while the ambient and water temperatures were kept constant. This task can be easily performed by graduate (and even undergraduate) students, so that they can actually become part of research activities in the whole process of the determination of hygrothermal properties using this laboratory experiment. The subsequent task-an inverse analysis of the measured time evolution-is scientifically more advanced and could be performed by some PhD students (perhaps under supervision of a senior researcher, or when an appropriate software tool for the inverse analysis is developed). This latter task is not analyzed in this paper, however. Nevertheless, students can analyze measuring data even during distance education.

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