Science is challenging, which means generally more can be achieved when working in teams. Different people have different skills, ideas, and approaches, so often, a team can solve problems which an individual working alone couldn’t. In fact, today, most publications, studies, and grant proposals involve multiple individuals and partnerships, in some cases reaching the thousands. … Continue reading What makes a great scientist? Part 4: collaboration
It has been a (long) while since my last blog entry and I want to write, but I have also being enjoying my “academic freedom”, by which I mean the freedom to pursue ideas. I spent three weeks during October in South Africa (work related to impalas on the road, this time in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and Pilanesberg parks) … Continue reading I am generalist and I like it
As I find myself recruiting my first PhD student at the University of Reading and reading the complete dissertation of my soon-to-be first PhD graduate, I have been pondering about what kind of mentor I am and what kind of mentor I would like to be. I suspect there is no a single best way … Continue reading The mentor I would like to be
There are too many PhD students and too few jobs available for them, yet the system (the academic system that is) encourages, demands, the production of new PhDs. As a new lecturer at the University of Reading I have probation targets that I have to meet to secure my position. One of these targets is … Continue reading Academic birth control
As I move to another town, in another country, to pursue my research career, I ponder about what we could call the good, the bad and the ugly of mobility. When I finished my bachelor’s degree, which I completed in the same city where I grew up (Madrid), I was eager to move abroad. I … Continue reading On the road again
I am a female scientist who does not have children. My “childless” status is unrelated to being a scientist. Although perhaps I am still a scientist because I do not have to care for any offspring. Regardless, I am affected by gender inequalities in science all the same. So here is my claim: it is … Continue reading Is it just about children?
I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog for some time. On my bike ride to and from work I would think about what I could write, what words of wisdom I could share with the world (or the few people who may actually read this), and then I would find myself … Continue reading New to blogging