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Science Policy: An Approach to 'Actually Do Something' about Climate Change

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by Heather Plumpton

What inspired you to apply to work on your PhD topic or current post-doc?

For me - brace yourself for a strong dose of naivety here - I wanted to do something about climate change. I wanted to make a difference, to have a positive impact on the world, to help tackle a big problem for humanity. I know that this isn’t the case for every researcher, and the importance of fundamental research should not be understated or swept aside in favour of more applied science. But there does seem to be a strong contingent of early-career researchers who went into research in the hopes of providing solutions and influencing the actions of governments.




After the initial burst of excitement about the potential application of my PhD research, I soon realised that achieving this positive impact on society was not as straightforward as I had imagined. I couldn’t just publish papers and attend conferences and hope that my research would be picked up and used by policy makers. So what s…

The Power of Networking as an ECR

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by Vachel A Carter

I consider myself socially awkward; an introvert if you will. I best relate to the fictional character Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers; walking through life in my own hilarious and charismatic way while simultaneously finding myself sweating at the idea of walking up to complete strangers at conferences or workshops and introducing myself. Yet, here I am writing about my personal experiences regarding the power of networking at conferences and workshops.




But before I begin, you may be asking yourself ‘how does Vachel (pronounced like Michelle, but with a ‘V’, not Rachel with a ‘V’) break past her self-induced mental barrier of her own social awkwardness?’ Humor, my friends, and lots of it! I use humor to break the ice in almost every situation; whether it be in presentations at big conferences, organizing workshops, or in social gatherings. Nothing sets the stage better than a quick laugh. Plus, it adds a bit of character and lets your audiences know that you’re pe…