To say it's getting hot is an understatement. Unless your lab is air-conditioned there is no excuse for staying inside! Running, swimming, hiking... Ronja Markworth shares all the possibilities for getting hyperthermia this July.
Being masters of our own work schedule means we need to take extra care to stay on top of our tasks, and avoid falling into an abyss of extra-long lunches and obscure Wikipedia links. Dimokratis Karamanlis and Tal Dankovich share some important prerequisites for working productively and why you should implement these in your routine.
When we read good publications or see an impressive talk, we often overlook the fact that a lot of successful scientific communication can be contributed to good Data Visualization. Knowing how to successfully transform a scientific message into a graphic is a profitable skill (to say the least). Salma Sohrabi-Jahromi, a PhD in the Computational Biology group at the MPIbpc shares four rules for good visualization of scientific data.
The weather is great (mostly) and the daylight is endless! Ronja Markworth shares a few things to do in the city in June, and urges us all to try just one. If it's really so bad, you can always leave during the intermission...
With the flood of literature we're exposed to during a Phd, finding and organizing papers becomes a science in itself. We've all developed our own protocols for managing references, but it's important to make sure that they actually save us time in the long term rather than wasting it. Tal Dankovich shares her system for managing papers using Mendeley and some tips on using the app.
Winter may be coming to Westeros, but spring is coming to Göttingen, and with its arrival there are zero excuses for staying indoors. Ronja Markworth shares events and things to do in the city during May. This month we have a march for science, the International Händel Festival, a Frühlingslauf through the city, and many more!
Rich Lab Poor Lab. We all science, but our salaries can be very different. Linda Olsthoorn gives some background on the topic and the organisations involved in standardising PhD working conditions.
Do you have trouble motivating yourself to go to the gym? Imagine going every single day! Verena Klüver spends her days doing experiments and her evenings teaching group-fitness classes at Fitness First. Verena shares why and how she got into fitness instruction, and how she combines it with her sciencing.
If you're offered a contract with your institution, but you're also wondering whether you should apply for a stipend - there are a few things you may want to consider beforehand. Linda Olsthoorn summarises some useful information about contracts vs. external funding sources.