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 policies are made. 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 #academicbullies 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 continuing her structural biology research at a prestigious institute in Sweden. But she is also registered as a freelance journalist. Among her past and present professional and political affiliations, one can be mention:
- Equality workgroup member at Eurodoc – the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers – April 2018 – present
- Policy Research workgroup coordinator at Eurodoc – the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers – April 2016 – April 2017
- 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, the acts and opinions of these organizations will be challenged.
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