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About steffi suhr

Once upon a time, I was an enthusiastic and hopeful biological oceanographer who did a bunch of work in the Antarctic. I was alternately wearing labcoats or extreme weather clothing and hard hats, but have long since swapped survival suits for dress suits and do science management, currently as the BioMedBridges project manager at the European Bioinformatics Institute. I still like to use my brain. I'm a German serial expat, currently - again - living in the UK.

Total loss department – Incident management solutions (Or: The “Isis-Gee Incident”)

Yesterday, I posted a letter for my husband containing paperwork for the insurance claim connected to someone rear-ending his new (used) car, totally destroying it and leaving it a write-off. The address above struck me as funny: “total loss” and … Continue reading

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For all brave and tired parents out there

The reactions on Twitter to my post here from yesterday were unexpected, funny and heartwarming. (Also: scary.) I put some of them together on Storify to share. (If anyone can tell me how to embed this better/prettier, please do!) Storify … Continue reading

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You make it look possible

After my younger son was born earlier this year, I was at home for 11 weeks before I went back to work. He stayed with my mother for a bit before he could start nursery at three months. Two weeks … Continue reading

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Pregnancy? If you ask me, we’re doing it wrong

Pregnancy is beautiful – or so they say. Well, I beg to differ. Interesting or even fascinating? Yes, definitely. But also inconvenient, weird and just plain impractical. I have to disclose that, even as a young girl, I’ve always found … Continue reading

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Maxine Clarke

I learned only now, via Twitter, that Maxine Clarke has died. Maxine was kind of the reason I started blogging. Back in 2008 I rather suddenly – and unexpectedly – found myself having been made the editor-in-chief of a small … Continue reading

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Last night at the gingerbread house..

My brother and his family visited us over Christmas. As we did the presents-bit in the evening on Christmas Eve we had some time to kill earlier in the day.. which we did effectively with a massive gingerbreadhousesweetdecorationorama. The thing … Continue reading

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Career impediments

A bit over a year ago now, sitting at Berlin central station after a three-day training seminar, sipping a latte while waiting for the train, I was chatting with a medical doctor/researcher at a big cancer research institute in Germany … Continue reading

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Inside my genome

Or: Craig Venter and I1 I spat into a tube this morning: This is to participate in a study called “Inside your genome” that is run by the good folks at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The study offers 1000 … Continue reading

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Something more glamorous

I just had a bit of an experience while uploading an old photo to Facebook – this one: A dirty girl, ca. August 1998 Ok, maybe it was the caption I put with the photo – but still! Anyway, if … Continue reading

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Somewhere in Essex

Or: Leaving Germany – again? For good? Whatever Yes, I’ve gone and done it again – moved my family to a different country. Or should I say back to an old country? I’ve moved from Germany to the UK again, … Continue reading

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