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Why strong leadership is vital for great science (and how to create it in your lab)

By Jaana Van Gastel, University of Antwerp, Belgium 7 months ago 34075 Views 1 comment

Why do we need strong leadership in our labs, and how can we achieve it? Read Lab Heroes AwardTM nominee Jaana van Gastel's illuminating article.

Undertaking a PhD in an International Lab

By Sonia Sanz Muñoz, Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute 8 months ago 62938 Views No comments

Undertaking a PhD is challenging enough - but then throw in with that, a new country and culture, and maybe a new language, and that's a whole different ball game! Our wonderful guest blogger Sonia Sanz Muñoz shares her experience and tips for coping with the challenges of studying for a PhD in a country far from home...

The Life Scientist's Guide To Cost-Saving In The Lab

By Karolina Farrell, UCL, United Kingdom 8 months ago 6163 Views No comments

One of the biggest challenges for life scientists is working within budgets to make grants and funding go further. In this Life Scientist's Guide To Cost-Saving In The Lab, neuroscience PhD student Karolina Farrell from UCL shares her top tips for cutting costs (not corners) in the lab...

Multidisciplinary Teamwork: Tips for a Productive and Harmonious Workplace

By Paola Pinti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering, UCL, UK 8 months ago 3837 Views No comments

As scientists, we often need to work in multidisciplinary teams, where people with very different backgrounds and skills all collaborate to achieve the same goal. Our fantastic guest blogger Paola Pinti shares some great tips for making that multidisciplinary team productive and harmonious...

Maintaining PhD Productivity: Tips for Mindset and Organisation

By Britt Berning 10 months ago 53360 Views No comments

There is so much to think about when undertaking your PhD - reading around your field, carrying out experiments, writing and communicating your research, and so much more. Our fantastic guest blogger Britt Berning shares her top tips for improving organisation and productivity during your PhD...

Workplace Wellbeing For Life Scientists

By Rachelle Balez & Heema Kumari Nilesh Vyas 10 months ago 42724 Views No comments

There will be times when scientists feel stressed or overworked - and you don't need us to tell you that! However, it is important to recognise the impact your workplace can have on your wellbeing. Our guest bloggers Rachelle Balez and Heema Kumari Nilesh Vyas share with us some simple steps that can be implemented to enhance and promote workplace wellbeing for scientists.

My PI & I: What Makes A Good Student-Supervisor Relationship?

By Karolina Farrell 11 months ago 12471 Views No comments

Once you’ve found a supervisor that you want to work with, it’s important to make sure that you can communicate well with them. Whatever your research area is, your supervisor should be able to support you and your learning while also challenging you to ask questions you haven’t thought of before. Here, our guest blogger Karolina Farrell shares her advice on how to achieve a good working relationship with your supervisor.

Public Engagement: Why Bother as a Scientist?

By Soraya Meftah, University of Exeter 11 months ago 52619 Views No comments

What is public engagement? What can it look like? And why should you, as a scientist, care? Our fabulous guest blogger Soraya Meftah has the answers...

“I can’t believe they’re letting me write this blog”: Imposter Syndrome, Science, and the Rest of the World

By Brittany Berdy, The Rowland Institute at Harvard, USA 11 months ago 14092 Views No comments

Do you ever feel like a fake or a phony? Ever feel insecure and doubt yourself, often despite evidence to the contrary? Then read our blog post on Imposter Syndrome, by the amazingly talented Brittany Berdy...

Why Scientists Need Great Mentors

By Stuart Maudsley, Group Leader of the Translational Neurobiology Group and Adjunct Department Director of the VIB Center for Molecular Neurology at the University of Antwerp 11 months ago 17079 Views No comments

Why are mentors important for scientists? What makes a great one? Read this illuminating article by our inspiring guest blogger Stuart Maudsley, Group Leader of the Translational Neurobiology Group and Adjunct Department Director of the VIB Center for Molecular Neurology at the University of Antwerp.