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?
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
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 often joke about harsh reviewer feedback. Why, I even made some memes about it here, here and here! But the real reason I make fun of the process, is that it’s the only way I have found to deal with something I feel somewhat uncomfortable about… It’s not surprising really. When you think about it, we have been brought up… Read More A note on rejection: #rejectionistherule
Getting papers rejected sucks. No one likes to have their publication dreams stabbed in the heart and pouring blood all over the place. However it happens more often than anyone likes to admit, and is nothing to be ashamed about. It’s a learning process, and not unlike coming to terms with a loss.
As a follow on from my earlier post entitled “10 best reviewer comments in meme” and after having myself gotten some reviewer comments back last week, I would like to present 10 more memes from the website Sh*t my reviewer say. Enjoy! 1. Reject – More holes than my grandad’s string vest!
What do conservation scientists do anyway? Don’t they just sit around hugging trees and giving pandas back rubs? As an undergraduate I swore off conservation because I was so annoyed at the amount of money going into getting one panda to have one baby. Yet here I am doing conservation themed phd… What happened? I… Read More The 5 pet peeves of a conservation scientist
Ah the joy of getting comments back from reviewers! There’s nothing quite like being insulted by a peer… Here are some of the funniest ones I found on the website “Shit my reviewers say”. Because it’s the holidays and I am procrastinating I made some memes here. Enjoy! 1. “If philosophy of science was not… Read More 10 best reviewer comments in meme
PhDs are both rewarding and gut wrenching. Any PhD student who says they have never cried over their thesis, or felt down in the dumps about their progress, is a big fat liar. We all have bad days. Personally, when I start laughing uncontrollably over code, I know it is time to throw the towel in… Read More Surviving your PhD in 10 steps