I went to an open science hackathon and all I got was a tshirt… and hope for the future

  Last week I participated in the 2-day eLife Innovation Sprint. I knew the event was aimed at bringing together ‘computer people’ (programmers, designers, developers) and ‘science people’ (researchers, communicators, publishers) in order to create

Dealing with the reproducibility crisis: what can ECRs do about it?

  Unless you’ve been living under a rock (no judgment, by the way), I’m sure you’ve heard about the reproducibility crisis in scientific research. In 2016, two posts on this blog covered what the main

Travel, science, and making friends: why you should go to a small conference

0000-0002-8715-2896 Last week, 200 myelin biologists met at a hotel in Ventura, California for five full days of hard-core science. If you’ve been to a Gordon Research Conference (GRC) before, you know what I mean

The 30-year-old student: is a PhD worth it?

0000-0002-8715-2896 Picture this: an enthusiastic young researcher, completing an undergraduate or master’s project, thrilled to be part of the exciting world of scientific discovery. The current project is going well, they have enjoyed some successes,