Inspired by Peter Gruss’s words (see below), this blog was set up to cover stories from the inside of the ivory tower of academia. The blog will contain stories from the lives of junior academics but also stories about how research policymaking and change in academia happen. One of my goals is to make science politics understood by junior researchers such that they get empowered to take action.

We must also recruit junior scientists more intensively. That means reasonable pay, promotion and mentoring! Your institutes do not face hardship. Junior scientists […] do not mean cheap labour. And we are no longer living in the 1950s where a Director could rule like a little king. Young people are in demand worldwide and also have very good networks. Not just other Max Planck institutes, but half of the world finds out how you treat doctoral students or post-docs within a few hours via Twitter or Facebook.

I will cover short stories but also series analyzing complex matters such as:

The posts are written by Andreea Scacioc. She finished her PhD in structural biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in December 2014. Currently, Andreea is registered as a freelance journalist. Among her past and present professional and political affiliations, one can be mention:

Opinions presented are her own and not of the organizations she is/was a member of. At times, I will even challenge the acts of these organizations.

Proof-reading is ensured by Dr. Yael Kisel and Dr. Hadas Leonov. The logo was designed by Dr. Natalia Hasel Revelo.



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