Teachings

Compared to my professional activity of the past years, there turns out to be plenty of valuable experience that I can rely on – certainly more than I thought at first. Team management, project management, administration, international relationships, networking on different scales, opening eyes and ears to new cooperations and concretizing them: this is all still at the core of my job. But I was really expecting this part not to be so different from what I had known and done before. I am much more surprised to see how much of my teaching relies on my work of the past three-four years.

I am in fact surprised because I had the feeling to do very little teaching over these years. Continue reading “Teachings”

Next on

What silenced me so long is the state of application. Month after month, job applications determined my life.  When you are applying for jobs – depending on the jobs, obviously, but still -, blogging and tweeting can easily be perceived as a sign of vanity or of an unprofessional leisure. Every time I was tempted to write, I worried that future employers might interpret it the wrong way, and at some point I simply decided to wait. Since I finished this long round of applications and interviews yesterday, let me tell you first about the good news, and then about a few general conclusions I draw from this process.

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What are we marching for? (#MarchforScience, in Berlin and Paris)

The Marches for Science are gaining momentum all over Europe now. While it is still not easy to predict what the 22nd of April will actually look like, it is interesting to see how each country or city gives their interpretation of the meaning of the March for Science. For me as a researcher moving between Germany and France, the differences between what comes from France and what I experience in Berlin are palpable, but the initiatives all have a common ground behind their national or local specificities. Continue reading “What are we marching for? (#MarchforScience, in Berlin and Paris)”

March in April (in Berlin and elsewhere)

On April 22nd, 2017 a “March for Science” will be organized in different cities all over the world in order to protest against the way science is being treated by the current American administration – be it its consideration for knowledge, for international scientists, for data archiving, for transparency, or for something as simple (or seemingly simple) as a fact. The protests take place on Earth Day in order to mark the particular importance of climate change and of the scientific work related to assessing its progress and initiating necessary counter-measures.

There will be a March for Science in Berlin. A team of volunteers is currently coordinating with the organizers on the national level. All are welcome to join!