Starting a new job during the pandemic

Starting a new job is always a challenge. Plenty of new names need to be assigned to new faces, new networks need to be established and old ones maintained. Your new office is still under construction and you constantly forget about how to get there due to the maze of corridors that all look theContinue reading “Starting a new job during the pandemic”

How to calm your mind

As scientists and women in STEM, we highly rely on our mind and cognitive abilities for generating ideas, planning experiments, analysing data and writing things up. Thinking is great when it comes to problem solving (e.g. repair a bike). But is it equally useful when it comes to emotional challenges? We are most likely theContinue reading “How to calm your mind”

The power of rage

Rage is a feeling that is socially not very well accepted in women. Women are not meant to get enraged, to become aggressive, or get loud during an argument. When releasing rage in that way, too fast women are labeled as bitchy or bossy. Hiding or suppressing your rage over a longer time period isContinue reading “The power of rage”

The subtle art of reviewing papers

I received my first review request while I was a PhD student and the topic was about something similar to the work I did during my master studies. I felt very honoured but also a bit lost during that time. Reviewing manuscripts is nothing you are taught at University (why not???). One of the firstContinue reading “The subtle art of reviewing papers”

How to survive a conference talk

Talking in front of people is not a pleasure. At least it’s not for me. It starts to get better the more often there is opportunity for practice but I wonder if I will ever reach the point of “enjoying it”. I reminisce about my first ever conference talk, when I was a PhD studentContinue reading “How to survive a conference talk”

The costs of relocating for science

There is one thing no one will tell you and prepare you for while you are a student with passion for working in the STEM field or the wish to become a scientist. I am not talking about the unspoken expectations for constant work and achievements (‘publish or perish’) but about the other costs thatContinue reading “The costs of relocating for science”

How to increase your productivity

The feeling of being productive or having a day of great productivity behind you is just a great feeling. It means the day was not wasted to netflix binge watching, video games or other absorbing activities that don’t lead to anything. But how can productivity be maintained in the long-run, sustained during holidays or pandemicsContinue reading “How to increase your productivity”

The idea generator

Having great ideas and being creative is very much essential for a scientist. Did you ever reflect on how this process works best for you? And how it can be enhanced? The list on ideas that was supposed to end up in this blog was created while my body was incubating in the bathtub. AContinue reading “The idea generator”

Wise decision making or why it’s good to sleep on it for a night

I don’t like people holding a pistol on my head and forcing a decision. This is especially true for meetings of all kinds. Meetings were invented as a platform for egomaniacal people to display themselves as the greatest and to throw their brain farts as an act of verbal incontinence (sometimes sold as brainstorming). OfContinue reading “Wise decision making or why it’s good to sleep on it for a night”

How to write a successful grant proposal early in your career

Applying for fellowships is equally challenging as publishing a paper, but a largely unavoidable process on your way up the career ladder. Since I successfully applied for a 2-years postdoc fellowship with a huge national funding agency, I like to share my experience to aid others on their way: ) The idea behind the project:Continue reading “How to write a successful grant proposal early in your career”