The Many Languages of Science
There are more than 7000 languages in the world. So how do you make sure science communication, which typically happens in English, is accessible to everyone? In this blog post, Kanika Khanna tells us how to engage in and feel comfortable talking about science in a non-English language.
Learning how to change the research environment as an eLife Community Ambassador
Research can be incredibly rewarding, but there are a lot of hurdles along the way. Some of these relate to our environments and are difficult to overcome. In this post, Maria Sol Ruiz and Nalaka Wijekoon explain how to take matters into our own hands and step up to induce global change.
How to avoid overcommitting in grad school
The drive to publish is a strong motivator for scientists to spend late nights and weekends in the lab. While long hours may initially pay off, the lack of time for self-care and rest quickly make you less focused and productive. Find out how to keep a healthy balance in our latest blog post.
How to get what you want out of graduate school: lessons from the business world
Academic training teaches ECRs how to design, run, and analyze experiments, but often overlooks soft skills such as interpersonal and organizational skills. In this blog post, Rachel Meade shows you how to develop these skills and become a more well-rounded scientist.
How volunteering can support you and your research
While life as a scientist can be incredibly rewarding, day-to-day life at the bench can at times feel like a drag. In this post, Katherine MacInnes tells us how transformative it can be to find an extra passion that provides short-term rewards for the soul to keep us healthy and motivated in life.
Mental health of early career researchers: COVID-19 brings the community together (virtually)
COVID-19 has restructured the way we produce and share science, producing an unparallelled increase in stress and anxiety-levels among early career researchers. Here, members of the Berlin research community highlight key findings from their virtual brainstorming event to cope with this stress.
Higher education re-imagined: goals, societal impacts, and pandemic effects
Higher education will never be the same again post-pandemic, as hybrid learning is likely here to stay. In this post, Adriana invites us to review and implement today the changes needed in higher education to ensure sustainable training environments for the next generation.
My service in the Air Force made me a better scientist
Pathways that lead to science are not straight forward: life usually doesn’t fit the patterns we draw. In this post, we can see that every experience can be taken as an opportunity for personal growth. The skills needed to achieve our purposes can come to us, very often, in unexpected shapes.
ecrLife spotlight: Steven Burgess
Today we have the pleasure to introduce you to our founder! In this post, we travel around ecrLife beginnings, and explore the views and motivations that drove Steven Burgess to actively promote Open Science, Preprint publishing and protocol transparency.
A compilation of web-based resources you should know about as a scientist
Do you ever feel lost trying to stay on top of the latest research-related softwares, programs and websites? In this post, we share the work of James Ducker, a PhD student who created a synthesised resource database that contains several useful links, especially for early career scientists.
The real-life experience of a deaf scientist studying in different cultures
How does studying in societies with varying degree of unconscious biases change the opportunities of deaf people to become successful scientists? Read the analysis of this topic through the eyes of a foreign deaf scientist in the US.
The Invisible Barriers in STEM Education faced by Hard-of-hearing/Deaf Scientists
The difficulties faced by hard-of-hearing/deaf early career scientists not only come from physiological differences but also significantly from stereotypes that exist against us. What kind? Read about it in this article.
Disability in STEM: A conversation with Dr. Mahita Jarjapu
Science is difficult, but becomes even more so if you have a disability. In this interview, Dr. Mahita Jarjapu sheds light on her journey as a deaf scientist, sharing with us the biggest challenges in her career, and giving suggestions on how we can contribute to make science more accessible.
The Science of Invisible Women
Lab bench too high? Lab jacket doesn’t fit? These common issues experienced by women in science may not come as a surprise after reading Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. Here, we discuss our thoughts on this book and how scientific research has been built around the “Reference Man”.
Work-Life balance: A perspective from Early Career Researchers
How do you feel about your work-life balance? Have you normalized overworking? In this post we share the opinions and suggestions from several early career researchers that can help you be more aware of your time management and set boundaries.