Once my younger brothers asked me what it means that I am a scientist and what do scientists do on a daily basis. I was pleasantly surprised that such a young person is interested in my work so I tried to explain it to him in the most interesting and ‘cool’ way possible. Unfortunately, I… Read More #17 Is it art or science?
Many postdocs dream about starting their own research groups. But what is required to become a principal investigator (PI) and how have other postdocs made the leap? To help answer these questions the Karolinska Institute Postdoc Association (KIPA) and the KI Junior Faculty arranged an event called “From Postdoc to PI: How to make the… Read More From Postdoc to PI: How to Make the Leap?
Welcome to the dark side. Wait, what?! In my opinion, there’s a significant dark side to what’s supposed to be science communication. Sit back, relax and let me take you through some musings on the issue. The first thing I want to bring up is the idea that “correlation is not causation”. It can be… Read More Welcome to the dark side: The ivory tower and its casualties – Part 2
Scientists do science. Artists make art. Writers write. Right? You cannot get scientific credit without the long slog through a lengthy education, and dodging the daily struggles of academia. Or can you? What happens when contributions come from an “outsider”? What makes a scientist? And who decides?… Read More What makes a Scientist?
Picture this: It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon and I’m having a coffee with other KI PhD students in Stockholm. We talk about work, science and interests, and I mention I’m really fascinated by popular science. The reaction: “What do you mean? What science is popular right now?”. I was quite surprised and never thought of… Read More A casual vocab lesson in popular science
Hi there! I’m Ayla, a recent addition to the blog team, and this post is a short intro to, well, me. The science I’m a Belgium borne Bio-Science engineer and moved to Stockholm after my master. Upon arrival I spend some mental effort learning Swedish and started my PhD in Robert Månsson’s group at Karolinska… Read More New Blogger: Ayla De Paepe on Popular Science and Science in Popular Culture
What does the word “march” mean? A quick dictionary search reveals: Walk quickly with determination To walk with regular and measured tread, as soldiers on parade; advance in step in an organized body. The steady and inevitable development or progress of something Some people get intimidated by the word but marching on the street is… Read More Forward we march
The global “March for Science” is happening very soon. This will be a worldwide event where everybody is invited to show their support for science and the crucial role it plays in our lives. I have never participated in marches or being an “activist” of any sort. However, I think this time is vital that… Read More Science is for everyone. Why I will march for science
It was a regular evening commute. I was watching new videos on YouTube and browsing social media, when suddenly I got in a bit of an identity crisis. One of my fellow PhD students had sent me an invitation to join the March For Science on the 22nd of April in Stockholm. She knows I… Read More To march or not to march
Whether or not Harry S. Truman was the originator of this is in dispute. Regardless, it comes to mind to me today because I’m facing a professional conundrum. Specifically, my desire for transparency and collaboration in science has come into conflict with my perception of how best to build my career. A bit about my… Read More “The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit.”- Harry S. Truman