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Why science should experiment more with comics (Matteo Farinella, June 2016)

It is time to seriously start experimenting with visual narratives!” says Matteo Farinella, neuroscientist and science cartoonist. He is convinced that comics can evolve to a powerful tool for science communication.

Attracting more women into the Tech industry – a matter of communication and role models? (Kamila Stępniowska, May 2016)

How do we attract more women into the Tech industry? Kamila Stępniowska, co-creator of Geek Girls Carrots and workshop manager of global machine learning at deepsense.io, points out some solutions based on communication and role models.

Advice for a newborn academic: bring your compass!

“Every time we learn something new, we challenge naivety,” writes Simon Peyda, biomedical researcher from Karolinska Insitutet, Stockholm, who is making his own path through the academic system. Two of his messages to other young job-seekers:…

The great CV controversy: maybe you are asking the wrong question? (Barry O’Brien, March 2016)

All seekers of jobs or lab positions have had reason to ponder over the eternal question: “Is it OK to put photos on your CV or not?” Barry O’Brien, British career coach based in Stockholm, has a very definitive answer: “It depends …”

Autistic traits, science and the nerd stereotype (Piotr Migdał, February 2016)

“There is a stereotype of scientists and engineers being aloof, unaware of social conventions and perhaps even exhibiting autistic traits. Recent research show that STEM students are indeed more autistic than the general population.” By Piotr Migdał, Ph.D., quantum physicist turned into a data science freelancer.

2 sides of a coin: differences between academic and SciComm conferences

A conference is like a dinner or a party: it’s the responsibility of the participants to make it memorable. Carolina P. Gómez, molecular biologist, is astounded how different conferences can be, depending on the internal culture of the attending group of people.

Are you a sufferer of PAC, The Pallas Athena Complex?

Recently, the Swedish writer and philosopher David Brax defined a very common reason for academic failure: The Pallas Athena Complex. Do you expect your work to spring out of your head, fully ready to do combat on it’s own? Read on!