For the last couple of years (since finishing my PhD) I have been doing postdocs in research institutes – first the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and then the Swiss Ornithological Institute. The first employs roughly 400 people over 4 different offices, while the second employs 40 permanent and 40 temporary staff. The dynamics… Read More Working for research institutes
Sexism has become a big deal in STEM, and rightly so. But when it comes to racism and xenophobia, it’s all very taboo. No one will ever admit it’s a problem, because it means admitting a colleague is racist. And that is just not cool. But it’s there. A lot of people think that racism… Read More Where are you ‘originally’ from?
I graduated yesterday, 1 year exactly after submitting my thesis for examination. That’s a long time to wait… Everyone basks in the glory of finishing a PhD or getting a new job, but no one really tells you about the no man’s land that you endure between PhD submission and actually getting this glorious job. Because yes, there… Read More What happens when you finish a PhD?
I have been pleasantly surprised to find that wikihow changed an article after I blogged about it. So thank you wikihow for acknowledging that this article was pretty insulting. However, it still remains pretty insulting. A for effort, F for actually addressing what was wrong with this article in the first place. For context, the… Read More How to dress like a nerd as a girl
Recently, I was introduced to a group of Swiss researchers at a conference. And so we went for ‘la bise’ (if you don’t know what ‘la bise’ is, you are a lucky person). Little did I know that the Swiss did 3 kisses, while back home we only do 2. So we kissed each other on the… Read More A guide to networking for awkward people
Another spotted pardalote :o)
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In this post Kiran Dhanjal-Adams discusses her recent paper ‘Optimizing disturbance management for wildlife protection: the enforcement allocation problem’ For International Women’s Day, we asked Kiran about her career in science and the challenges and improvements she is seeing in STEM. You can read all of our…
Conference welcome drinks. In other words, the awkward moment when you realise you don’t know anyone, and that you are standing by yourself in a corner. I live to dread these moments. At my first conference, a man in his seventies came to talk to me and tell me how I would not amount to… Read More What’s it like being a young woman in science? Sometimes pretty sh*te
I have really struggled with getting this running (taken me 3 effing days!). So I thought I would share the love, in case it is helpful to others! What is in Invest? Invest is an ecosystem services model developed by the natural capital project and can by installed here. I’m working on the pollinator ecosystem services… Read More Getting Invest working in python