Conferences are the gala shows of our science, but not all of us are born showmen/women. For some of us this highlight of the academic year can instead be nightmare. We can be haunted by presenting in front of people or endless networking. Yet those were not my fears. I was most scared of the last three minutes of my presentation time – the time to answer audience questions.… Read More Questions – my conference nightmare
Social media – oh, how often we talk about them! They suck our lives, drive us away from reality, and allow for never ending comparisons underminding our self-confidence. We discuss how much screentime is OK, using our phones to do that. However this November, I was highly grateful for Twitter.… Read More My Xmass Present =Twitter!
Sometimes it is not the big things that get you through something, but the tiny ones. This is why I have decided to share three “small things” (tips) that help me through my PhD. I hope you will find some of them helpful, or be inspited to adjust them to your own needs.… Read More Small things to help you through PhD
“You don’t want to have a publication in Science!? But that is everyone’s dream!” exclaimed another participant of a mentoring for early career researchers at my summer conference. For years, I was not able to say this out loud, but by now – a fourth year in my PhD – I got used to the shocked expression that usually follows my declaration.… Read More The wrong type of scientist?
You have heard it before – academia is producing more PhDs than it is able to accomodate. Yet, when three years into the PhD I told my supervisors that my future steps are directed beyond academia, I was met with shocked surprise, bit of disappointment and disbelief. These reactions can be hard to face and… Read More Lessons from PhD Career Stories podcast
As of today, Mr. PhD and I have been in a relationship for a long time! Incredible 3.5 years! But in the last year we hit a rock bottom. Honeymoon phase was long over, and hard work on building a lasting and rewarding relationship settled in. And since we are stubborn and strong personalities, endless… Read More Valentine’s ode to my (Mr.) PhD
I do not want to spoil the trip into the fantasy lands for you, but the highlights include union of Darwin theories with alchemy, magical Oxford, time travel and informed historical details from medieval Europe… Read More #20: Academic witches & vampires