It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the mountain of work an academic faces. Like a seasoned mountaineer, she needs to find a path that lets her climb the slope in front of her with as little effort as possible. And this is not possible without careful planning.
Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the business of science goes on no matter what. We just have to be more creative when it comes to meetings. Which is how I found my way to the three-day conference Advances in scalable hardware platforms for quantum computing.
Originally, I decided to live tweet my talk only to illustrate how identifying the key messages of the talk can work (and to prove to myself that I can do it). But now I think it wasn't a bad idea and might try it again in the future.
How many talks have you attended in the last year? And how many of those did you enjoy? Even when the topic itself is interesting, one often leaves disappointed. Some speakers spend too much time on technical details and do not have time to discuss the main results; others are not well prepared and keep… Continue reading Scientific presentations and the art of storytelling
Academic conferences are usually exhausting. You spend the whole day (or, more often, several days) closed in a lecture room, often without direct sunlight or fresh air, and try to absorb as much information as you can from (sometimes poorly prepared) talks of your fellow researchers. At some events, speakers change as often as every 15… Continue reading Benefits and challenges of tweeting a conference
As scientists, we are in a very privileged position compared to the rest of population. Not only do we really enjoy what we do but we also get to choose what to work on ourselves. Sure, there is the dark world of academic bureaucracy and the perpetual fight for grant money but I still think that… Continue reading Good scientists publish, shitty ones blog. Or do they?
I am at the point in my PhD where I am truly becoming a researcher and am no longer just a student. How can I tell? I just finished a project I worked on basically since I started my studies more than two years ago. It was my supervisor's idea to study this particular problem,… Continue reading A new start