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?
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
Originally posted on The Applied Ecologist's blog:
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 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
A video overview of our research at the Fuller Lab on shorebird conservation. If you would like to read more about the subject, I have also written a blog post here.
Originally posted on Jabberwocky Ecology:
Recently a bunch of folks in the biological sciences have started sharing their grant proposals openly. Their reasons for doing so are varied (see the links next to their names below), but part of the common justification is a general interest in opening up science so that all stages of…
I stumbled across this pearl of wisdom the other day: “how to be and dress like a nerd when you are a girl” where the author elaborated on how to let “everyone know you are a true thinker”. There were a few useful tips on how to look smarter: go easy on the makeup wash… Read More According to wikihow, brains and beauty do not go hand in hand.