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Networking that works

Photo by Kyler Nixon | unsplash.com Does everyone keep telling you that the key to a successful career is to have great networks? Well, I hate to be the one to say it again, but it’s true. Having great networks makes working life – and research life in particular – much, much easier and more […]

"Fool’s Gold" May Hold Value After All

Famous for raising hopes of riches beyond imagination—and then dashing them—the mineral pyrite is better known as fool’s gold. Its metallic yellow luster has fooled many over the years, with consequences that helped shape the modern world, along with the fortunes (and misfortunes) of individuals: According to one story, a fool got what he deserved […]

Saving space

My least favourite way to save space – turn the reference list into a solid block of text. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had all the space that you needed to explain your research carefully and completely to the funding agency? Wouldn’t it be lovely if there was space for nuance and complexity? Wouldn’t […]

Scientists Reveal "Lensless" Camera

Cameras have come a long way since the days of photographers hiding under a cloak amidst a startling puff of smoke. At any camera store, you can find video cameras that can record underwater, devices that takes photographs with breathtaking clarity at incredible distances—or even ones that do both. However, regardless of how advanced they […]

What I like seeing researchers post

Photo by Jason Leung | unsplash.com ‘But I haven’t got anything to say!’ This is one of the most common laments I hear when I’m running social media workshops, particularly from emerging scholars. Researchers – many of whom we know are rather fond of holding forth (it’s tough to make them stop) – suddenly clam […]

Residential writing retreats: three wishes for academic output

Dr Bronwyn Eager works as a Lecturer, Entrepreneurship at Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology. Her research focuses on stress, coping and time-orientation in entrepreneurs and integrating entrepreneurship education into STEM domains. She tweets as @bronwyn_eager, and is always up for a coffee and interesting conversations. To learn more about her writing retreats, visit Academic Writing Retreats.  Photo […]

What Wind Farms Can Learn from Football Teams

Winning football teams are composed of members that work well together, capitalizing on each other’s strengths and compensating for each other’s weaknesses. But that mindset can be applied in a lot of different circumstances—it turns out that wind farms can benefit from this strategy, too. New research shows that by incorporating cooperation, wind farms could […]

Advice on fellowships

A friend of mine is applying for a Fellowship and sent through a draft of her application. This article is based on my advice to her. It is written for the Churchill Fellowships in the UK, but it applies to most fellowships around the world. Winston Churchill as a new Member of Parliament in 1901, […]