Our regular correspondent has a fascinating and inspiring interview story to share: read on for an example of life after PhD. You might not be inspired by academia, but can you get career satisfaction elsewhere? Last October, I wrote the blogpost ‘A PhD is a rosette, not a career path’ as part of our fabulous alternative career path series. I stressed … [Read more...] about Life after PhD: a satisfying career outside of academia?
Archives for May 2017
Every now and then we run a poll on Twitter, usually in association with a blogpost so that we can embed the polls here and then they are not lost forever in Twitter's vast timeline. This also helps us to share with you what other researchers like you have said because we know that community spirit is important in academia. I've been reflecting on our … [Read more...] about Polling time: Editor’s top 3 Twitter polls
The other week, I spotted a tweet, which inspired me to write this blogpost on procrastination: It is a story that is very familiar to me: I, too, fight my tendency to set large, difficult tasks to one side whilst I get on with other stuff that is definitely lower priority. What gets me over such tendencies, is inspiration. And I often find my … [Read more...] about Are you procrastinating? Or opening yourself to inspiration…
Guest blogger and independent consultant Dr Echo Rivera shares her experience and offers support to researchers who want to create and use effective visuals when communicating your research. My passion for effective visual communication began when I was an undergrad over 10 years ago. I was torn between two majors--graphic design and psychology--and … [Read more...] about How I stay inspired, for effective visual communication of research
Academic articles can be inspired from some very non-academic places and sometimes inspiration can come from the strangest things... A little while ago, I wrote an academic paper examining the ways in which life and death could be interpreted in the two versions of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel. Last year, it was published. While I have long loved Sylvia … [Read more...] about Academic articles and non-academic inspiration
In the opening blog of this series I outlined six issues that are currently undermining the efficacy of research communication. Here, I focus on one of these: “Communication in practice”, and I outline the tension between research and its communication, along with communication’s near cousin, advocacy. Communication, advocacy and scientific … [Read more...] about Evidence is power and its communication must be governed