Science communication, duties, opportunities
I was never involved too much in science communication or public relations for my institutions. I contributed only once to a brochure of a consortium my group was in. There are people out there doing great on traditional media; others doing less-great. While I do feel there is importance to these activities, sometimes they come with a certain condescending quality. Which may be difficult to avoid, even though...
Academia and geographic mobility
Changing location during the various iterations of one's postdoctoral career is generally understood as a smart move. And that's ok, because of gathered experiences, opportunities, people met. On the other hand, it severes your private social ties again and again: with a few exceptions, people will stop writing / answering you, and meeting in person it's not easily replaced by internet-mediated contacts. Not to mention the burden onto partners and families.
I spend 2 to 3 hours a day on public transport. Which oddly is, in favorable situations a relatively productive time. Still, it's extra time that is required for work and it's nowhere considered. Part my fault, part fault of the rent situation when we found our current place. (Sorry, mostly to test the unlisted and cw functions . )
So, Steno here, postdoc currently giving it a try in academia.
Later on who knows, but in any case i promise I will try to keep the little grey cells playing. I believe that a broad transversal education can make science better (yep, even "hard" ones).
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