(Mood: optimistic) December is coming to an end, the new year is approaching, and it’s time to look ahead. You may have big decisions to make in the coming year. If you are finishing a PhD, a postdoc, or something third, you may have to decide whether you will stay on your current track or… Read More Changing direction can be the rational choice－how to base career decisions on your present, not your past
Did you know that you can get a study accepted for publication before you even start the study? This is called a registered report, and it holds a lot of promise when it comes to battling the reproducibility crisis and increasing motivation. I have spent many hours in labs in the last 10 years doing work… Read More Open Science and Reproducibility－Registered Reports to the Rescue
As we headed out of the conference center, we felt the burning heat of summer in southern France. I had asked Ben Libberton for an interview on his post postdoc career, and we aimed for a small bakery where we could get a baguette while talking. I didn’t know I would run into Ben in… Read More From postdoc to science communicator: how to make the leap?
Have you heard of the reproducibility crisis? And how a majority of basic and preclinical findings are probably false? If you have, your faith in research findings may not be at its highest. We have to fix this, right? The pressure to publish could partly be causing the crisis. If you have p<0.05* you can… Read More One more time, just do it again — on reproducibility
This week, I will be at EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2018. I’m writing this in Frankfurt airport while waiting for my flight to Toulouse, where ESOF2018 is taking place. But first, what is ESOF? To be honest, I didn’t know about it before KI Career Service sent out an email to us bloggers offering two… Read More Sharing Science: Towards New Horizons – ESOF2018
I love reading scientific articles. One of the best parts of my job is reading about new discoveries and elegant studies. But despite my excitement over new knowledge, I often struggle to get through an entire article. I often have to read parts several times to grasp what the authors are trying to say, and… Read More Is academia facing a readability crisis?
I was in a lecture hall when the lights went out, and loud rock music started. Three words appeared on a screen. One word at a time. Kill. The. Bullets. Following this dramatic start were two lectures on improving presentations. The place was Aarhus University, and I think the year was 2013. Now, five years… Read More Death by PowerPoint, no more!
Most of us suffer from procrastination tendencies. Luckily, there are techniques we can use to beat them. Finding a technique that works for you is a better strategy than simply deciding to stop procrastinating and relying on your willpower to follow through on your decision. One of the techniques I use is called the Pomodoro… Read More How a tomato helps me to stop procrastinating and start working
2017 has been a fantastic writing year for me. I did not produce large amounts of published papers (fingers crossed for 2018), but I pushed my writing skills to a new level. Here I will share my 2017 writing story, in the hope that you will get inspired. It started with a workshop arranged by… Read More #12 2017 in Writing
Do you enjoy getting up in front of others to present your work? If you answered no, you’re perfectly normal. Public speaking is among the top things people fear. I’m one of the few who likes giving presentations — if I am well prepared. To get prepared I practice each presentation a lot. But even… Read More #2 The Joys of Public Speaking