Last week two of your digital ambassadors volunteered during the first Swedish Brain Awareness week (Hjärnfestivalen). During this five day event for the public, many activities sharing knowledge from neuroscience and related fields were arranged. One could come to various presentations by scientists, a pub quiz with brain trivia, bring children to a science cafe or… Read More Gelé brain, scientists and the public: Hjärnfestivalen 2016
“When I first visited my current university, I gave a talk and while speaking I felt something was off. Then I realized I was the only female in the room, facing a room with 13 men and that has never happened to me before” said Ka Ling Wu, a second participant in my PhD Around the World Project.… Read More Woman and the Wind: PhD around the world 2
All around the world, more people than ever are pursuing a PhD. But how do our PhDs programs differ, what do we all struggle with and what can we learn from each other? Those are some of the questions I have decided to explore in a series of mini-interviews with PhD students from all around the world.… Read More PhD Around the World 1: Museums and Maternity leave(s)
I put down the pipettes and start the timer. The samples are tucked in the heating block and the enzymes (manufactured in some bland warehouse in Germany) have thirty minutes to do their magic. The gloves come off and I mentally browse through tasks to fill this mini-gap. Should I read a paper? Perhaps add a few lines… Read More What motivates a scientist.
Article first published in Medicor Magazine 2016 Issue #1 (Medicinska Föreningen’s popular science magazine). As such, you may notice the writing is a little longer and more medical-student directed than my usual popular science posts on this blog, but please do take the opportunity to fire any questions or comments my way if anything needs further… Read More HeLa; The Cells that Changed the World
Notes from Jack Szostak’s lecture “The Origin of Cellular Life”.… Read More It’s an RNA world
I’ve recently taken a career course organized by KI career service office. Below is a portrait from my course assignment about a person, whom I interviewed and is currently working in the life science industry. Mikael Hanson is a Senior Project Manager for Global Commercial Development at AbbVie – a global biopharmaceutical company. Mikael… Read More Find the passion and show you can do it!
Sometimes, my research can feel removed from the “real” world. Forte Talks 2016, a gathering of researchers, political leaders, and stakeholders from healthcare, labour and welfare sectors, renewed my appreciation for the importance of research in our societies. About a week ago on a sunny morning I was biking across Stockholm to Nacka Strandsmässan. At… Read More Forte Talks 2016: Equality for all ≈ action for real
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
Often it feels like I need some super powers to conquer the daily life of a PhD student. In my blog posts, I will share my reflections on issues from my research field(s), open science, register-based research, (Swedish) academia and others.… Read More An average superhero in training