Why academics need to laze around

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Let’s face it. As exciting as science can be, sometimes it…

How to take charge of your hypercritical brain

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Laura sits down at her kitchen table. A welcome quiet evening…

How to stop working hard when I have to revise a paper urgently?

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“Since my holiday I have been at work again for a couple of…

What nobody tells you about being a good academic

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A little apprehensively he approaches me as I am getting my coat…

How to start working softly in science in 4 steps

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With a harassed look Mireille stows some papers in her bag that…

12 ways to look at your PhD

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You might say that, basically, a PhD is a novel, in depth study…

How to trigger researchers with blinkers into action

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“How can I increase the mobility of ‘my’ employed researchers?…

How to know when it is time to quit your PhD

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Since last summer the situation in Claudio’s lab deteriorated…

Where you do not need your supervisor’s approval for a successful PhD

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Enrica struggles to complete her PhD. She started her project…

What Plato can teach you about perfectionism and academic career planning

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“I don’t know if I want to be a group leader. If I do this,…

One particularly nasty myth about the successful PhD

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Tired, Lotte looks down at her notes and then up again to the…

When science is just not completely rational

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Doing research means to break new ground. Try new things, experiment…