Category Archives: science management

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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Long, Slow Distance

First, I want to talk about cheese. Some cheese, yesterday. I heard the term “big cheese” used in reference to a person for the first time in the mid-nineties, when I moved to the UK. Of course I wondered why … Continue reading

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Hard science and soft skills

I saw this article in Nature this morning and it made me very happy. Hard science: meet soft skills. Please allow me to cite freely from the article, “Leaders wanted”: Richter [the former director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center … Continue reading

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The most beautiful library in the world?

I was a bit out of my depth – but not completely uncomfortable – when I attended BibCamp3 in Hannover, Germany, on Friday and Saturday. I had been coerced into attending by Martin Fenner, who was one of the organisers. … Continue reading

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News from the tower of Babel

This morning, I had a news release from the US National Science Foundation in my inbox: a new ice coring record was set in Greenland this season. That is good news in itself, since it will give climate researchers a … Continue reading

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It’s a numbers game

A long time ago in the last century – a timid biology student – I was temping at Cargill, a big international corporation that trades in just about anything. Their offices in Hamburg were rather inconspicuous: not in one of … Continue reading

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Let’s do this together

One of the things about polar research – in the Arctic and the Antarctic – I’ve always found interesting and just plain cool is that it’s pretty international. These environments are remote and harsh enough, and operations and logistics are … Continue reading

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