Author: Mariya Manahova

The biggest threats to science

Researchers from the Donders Institute discuss what the biggest threats to science are today. They conclude that these are distrust from society, difficulty in building robust knowledge, and scientists’ own attitude. On a rainy Tuesday morning in November, the members of the Predictive Brian lab, headed by Professor Floris de Lange, meet at the entrance of the building where they work every day, the Donders Centre for Cognitive...

Planning for flexibility in a research project

The beginning of a research project is often very exciting: you have a cool research idea, and it is finally going to come to fruition, hopefully giving you some exciting answers. But a lot needs to happen between point A (coming up with a way to tackle a research question) to point B (getting the answer to that question). Some people are tempted to plan every last detail...

Peer coaching in academia: a surprisingly effective way to help each other

Peer coaching has recently become popular in academia, and for good reasons. It can be surprising how similar our issues are to our colleagues’ and how well we can help each other. On a sunny afternoon last May, I walked into a conference room, my heart beating fast. I greeted the other five people in the room, and we exchanged slightly nervous smiles. It was the first time...

Flexibility in academia

It’s a Tuesday evening, you’re sitting at your desk, and you’re finishing up some analysis. You’re debating whether to go home or not yet. Have you done enough work today? You’re not sure. How could you know? Working in academia is often prized for its flexibility. Flexible working hours are convenient because you can fit a doctor’s appointment in whenever you like. You can also go to the...

Work-life balance in academia

A few years ago, I was invited to go on a sailing trip. The idea was to sail along the Greek coast and hop from island to island. We would sleep on the yacht, sail for a few hours a day, swim in the sea, lie on the beach, dock in wild bays or in small harbors to explore the local towns. It sounded idyllic. But I had...