The working conditions of young researchers in the first few years of their academic career are surprisingly similar to the working conditions of low-rank drug-gang members. This provocative conclusion can be drawn from the blog post which I came across recently, although it was published in 2013 by Alexandre Afonso, Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the… Read More Ways in which academia resembles a drug-gang
Declare that the kanelbulle was invented in your country How dare you – claiming that in a country where they even celebrate the “Kanelbullens Dag”. Remember this on the next 4th of October… Say that fika is a waste of time Closely related to the kanelbulle…. Fika is taken very seriously. Fika is not only… Read More Various ways of upsetting your Swedish friends
While everybody was on holiday these days, I crossed paths with an interesting group of people that was on a different kind of journey… This group of young travellers came together from different countries (Sweden, Netherlands, England) – hungry for adventure, thirsty for knowledge, and their baggage full of different kinds of backgrounds and experiences –… Read More The Think Train Trip
Since a few months I’ve been working as a research assistant at the Department for Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME). LIME is a place where cultures clash and where informaticians, managers, educators, communicators, illustrators, engineers, entrepreneurs, nurses, physicians, designers… and public health specialists work together to improve healthcare. A lot of interesting and fun… Read More Art in the LIME light
Inspired by Milica’s post ‘Publish and Perish’ I decided to write about alternative post-PhD careers;) Some of you who have made an attempt to exit academia might have noticed that it is a challenging task. There are quite a few hurdles on the way. This can result in a mixture of feelings which span between… Read More Ways in and ways out
There are many more things, between heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio. —Shakespeare, Hamlet Public health sciences make up for an incredibly interdisciplinary research field because every little or big detail in our lives has the potential to influence our health – be it conditions in which we grow, mass… Read More How soap genitals talk HIV/AIDS
Just looking at the list of this blog’s bloggers you will see that the crowd at Karolinska Institutet is from about everywhere in the world. Surprisingly (– or not?) it was often not only KI that attracted to start a new chapter in life, but Stockholm itself. For some of you it might be more… Read More Stockholm’s magic
In March an interesting paper by 4 prominent scientists was published in PNAS (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/04/09/1404402111.full.pdf+html). In this paper, they discuss the flaws in the system of biomedical research in the US. I believe, however, that the paper describes the struggles and frustration of scientist in Europe as well. I think that it is important for all… Read More Systemic flaws in biomedical research?
There is a classical scientific career path at KI: • Postdoc • Research associate (FoAss) • Senior Research fellow • Professor As Chrisi already wrote, here it is important to have the exactly right employment if you want to follow this career-path. However, there is also a parallel career-path. The teaching career path at KI:… Read More Career at KI — more info
Today I was at a wonderful viewpoint in one of the many recreational areas around Stockholm, it is called Paradiset (Paradise!) in southern Stockholm (near Ådran) more about all the naturreserves and recreational areas here (use Google translate) There is many wonderful trails in the same area (picture above) as the viewpoint. Great for trail… Read More Birdsview of Stockholm – and for more research energy..