Strong opinion, deep reflection. Stuff to make you think.

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!

Inadequate Data Visualization Leaves Patients Undereducated

Data visualization is becoming more widely used in patient care but there is still work to be done. In this article, The New York based medical illustrator Amanda Montañez–explains why this area merits more investment than it currently…

The (non-)necessity of PowerPoint – a personal reflection

I am a traveling student who has seen a lot of PowerPoint and Prezi presentations at many universities in different countries. Here is my message: in many cases, they were not necessary to make! Let me explain why.