The knowledge drain?

After months of thinking about it, followed by weeks of trying to find time, due to various pressing deadlines haunting me, I have now officially started writing my first grant proposal where my role is as the main PI. Perhaps subconsciously the act of my boss verifying with me yesterday – in my annual evaluationContinue reading “The knowledge drain?”

Camping in The Jena Experiment

This morning I packed my Tansy plants in a rental trailer, loaded up the Nugg with food, clothes and family, and drove off to Jena. As the rental trailer limited our speed to 80 kmh, we took about four and a half hours to reach or destination – The Jena Experiment – where our newContinue reading “Camping in The Jena Experiment”

Intensity (only good stuff)

What an intense four days I’ve had. I’ve done so many things in the past couple of days, that I could (and perhaps should) sit back and take a holiday. I have worked only four days since my last. It’s about time for another. Too bad I planned a couple of student meetings tomorrow –Continue reading “Intensity (only good stuff)”

The full-body NO

After a short ride in a huge pickup truck we arrived at a small and seemingly deserted harbour. It was freezing cold, and rain drizzled down upon us, which did not make us feel any warmer. It was a Thursday afternoon in early June 2019. Although it was almost summer, it was hard to recognizeContinue reading “The full-body NO”

Charging the batteries

“Are you a battery type of person, or a generator type of person?” he asked me, with that typical grin on his face. It’s the grin that always shows up when he asks me cryptic questions like this one. He likes to confuse me sometimes, I think. I told my therapist I often feel exhausted,Continue reading “Charging the batteries”

Impact and its impact

What is it with science these days that it is such a quest for impact? Has it always been this way? The first thing my new employer said when I started working for him and we had briefly discussed some experimental ideas that I had was ‘This will be great, I think it has NatureContinue reading “Impact and its impact”

Time will tell

The start of my postdoc position at TUM was not really as I had expected it to be. Most postdoc positions that I was aware of at the time were project positions. In such positions the goals were usually quite clear and I thought that this was somewhat similar to what I was walking into.Continue reading “Time will tell”

Three and counting…*

One thing that I have noticed lately is how keen Germans are to switching the conversation back to German, as soon as an opportunity to do so arises. I thought my level of English would get me through my scientific career, but I was pretty wrong about that. At the moment, my English is slowlyContinue reading “Three and counting…*”

I should have stayed in bed this morning

I’m frazzled. Not a feeling you’d expect at the end of a day off, right? One of the PhD students I co-supervise will harvest her final experiment this weekend. Timing would not have it any other way. I’m generally not a big advocate for working weekends. Therefore, I offered a helping hand, so we couldContinue reading “I should have stayed in bed this morning”

Hit submit

Publishing something is not easy. One of the things that I find most difficult about publishing a manuscript, in the form of a manuscript, or, heck, even a simple blog post, is hitting the ‘submit’ button. When you write, even if it is a scientific manuscript, you bleed on the paper. At least that’s whatContinue reading “Hit submit”