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Introducing a new blog series: Honest conversations

Posted by , on 10 August 2023

Anyone who has spent time doing research knows that being a scientist is not always sunshine and rainbows. It is great to see people announcing on Twitter that they published a new paper, or that they received a new grant, but what is less talked about are those darker days of frustrations that many researchers encounter, or the various barriers that many have to overcome.

That is why the Node has created a new blog series called ‘Honest conversations’. The aim is for people to write about the ups and downs in their academic journey and create frank conversations around less-discussed topics on the Node, such as unconventional career paths, mental health, and equity, diversity and inclusion in science.

Some of you may wonder, why does the Node think it’s important to create such a blog series? That’s because scientific research doesn’t just happen on its own; it is made possible by scientists, who are “conspicuously and magnificently human—with all the assets and flaws that humans possess”, as Holden Thorp has eloquently expressed in his Editorial ‘It matters who does science’, “…and that means that who those individuals are, and the backgrounds they bring to their work, have a profound influence on the quality of the end result.” We hope by talking more about these less-discussed topics, upcoming and established scientists alike can find reassurance and flourish in this profoundly rewarding career.  

There is no strict format or word limit for these posts, but we particularly encourage posts about:

  • Navigating an academic career: were there moments of self-doubt of whether you’re cut out for academia? Do you have an unconventional ‘squiggly’ career path?
  • Mental health issues in the scientific community
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in science
  • Troubleshooting: you can write about a tricky problem that you or your lab have been trying to troubleshoot for ages. Maybe someone from the other side of the world can help

To kick off this blog series, we have commissioned a few posts from the community.

Do you have an idea for a ‘Honest conversation’ post? Get in touch by emailing us!

Comment from Sally Lowell: I REALLY love this new blog series from @the_node on Honest Conversations

 "We hope by talking more these less-discussed topics, upcoming and established scientists alike can find reassurance and flourish in this profoundly rewarding career. "

Two brilliant posts already-  from Mayank Chugh discussing why science is more than just the sum of research,  and Nick on his perspectives as a transgender scientist

If you have an idea for a post of your own, contact The Node!
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