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 #infamousletter series is covering the events which led to a couple of junior researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry to write a letter addressed to the MPG president.
- #NotAnApprentice series will follow-up on the topics addressed in the #infamousletter and analyze these issues within the whole MPG, German academia, and academia as a whole. It will contain both stories and statistics.
- #PhDnet series is meant to detail the events leading to the huge success in changing the PhD payment system: New Max Planck PhD candidates can be paid only through employment contracts. The series is meant as an example of how a grassroots organization can achieve great change. It is also the Max Planck PhDnet history Max Planck PhD candidates repeatedly asked to be written.
- Stories of #academicbullying will question the academic assholes harassing junior researchers.
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:
- Policy Research workgroup coordinator at Eurodoc – the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers – April 2016 – present
- Member of THESIS e.V. – the Germany-wide organization representing the interests of junior academics – March 2016 – present
- Member of ver.di German Journalists’ Union – January 2016 – present
- Member of Die Linke – the German Left party – May 2014 – present
- Member of GEW – the German Education and Research Trade Union – February 2014 – present
- Max Planck PhDnet Spokesperson – PhDnet represents all Max Plack doctoral candidates – 2014
- Max Planck PhDnet Chemistry-Physics-Technology section representative and deputy Spokesperson – 2013
- Member of Max Planck PhDnet Secretary working group – October 2012 – March 2015
- Doctoral representative for the GGNB Biomolecules: Structure – Function – Dynamics doctoral training program – June 2012 – September 2014
- Member of the Parents in Science working group at Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry – 2013
- Doctoral representative in the PhD/postdoc community at Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry – October 2012 – December 2013
- Member of the GAUSS doctoral representative committee tasked with improving the lives of foreign doctoral candidates at the Göttingen University School of Science – November 2011 – May 2012
- Member of the GAUSS doctoral representative committee tasked with preparing a survey on the working conditions of doctoral candidates at the Göttingen University School of Science – November 2011 – May 2012
- Member of the PR Task-force of the Undergraduate Student Government at Jacobs University Bremen – October 2005 – October 2006
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.
1. General disclaimer
The information available on this website has been put together with utmost care respecting the German Press Code. The information made available on this website is provided to the user “as is” and without guarantees or representations of any kind (express or implied) or any liability to the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law.
We shall not be responsible for and disclaims any liability for any indirect, incidental, consequential and special damages, that have been caused by or in connection with the use of this website.
Without any liability whatsoever, we may, without notice, modify and/or discontinue operation of all or portions of this web site at any time in its sole discretion, and assumes no responsibility to update the website. By accessing this site, you agree to all terms, conditions and notices contained or referenced herein.
2. Data Protection
Data protection is a matter of uttermost importance for us. It is seriously taken into consideration for data collected while using this website.
You can use the entire website without providing any personal data. However, whenever this website is accessed, the web server automatically records and evaluates technical access data that includes IP address, operating system used, the domain name of the website that acts as a platform for a visit to this website, the average duration of a visit, and the web pages called within this website. It must be mentioned that these data cannot be attributed to a specific person, allowing anonymity of the individual user.
We grant the users to use, save, or duplicate the texts, images, and graphics, provided on this website, either in whole or in part, only for journalistic purposes, within the restrictions of the prevailing press and copyright laws. Nevertheless, Academia Leaks must be named as the source.
The texts, images, graphics, logos etc. provided by Academia Leaks on this web page may not be altered, copied for trade purpose, or used in other media, except the ones specified above, including other websites.
However, most images and photos are used from https://pixabay.com/.
4. Third Party Links
Links to third-party websites (“Hyperlinks”) do not constitute an endorsement of such third-party websites by Academia Leaks and we are not responsible for the availability of these websites or their contents. The hyper linking to these websites is at the User’s own risk.
5. Legal conflicts
We would appreciate primary contact in case of legal conflicts in order to save legal fees on both sides. If a pertinent legal argument is successfully made, the information will be immediately removed or modified accordingly and the mistake will be mentioned in a further post.