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My first UK scicomm meetup – scicomm on Instagram

I went down to London yesterday to attend the New Scientist Live Festival. It was an awesome experience and I learned a lot about studying the Arctic landscape by using drones or using technology to manipulate the body. Sounds scary, but if you think of people with disabilities it can make a massive change in the quality of their life. It was also a … Read More My first UK scicomm meetup – scicomm on Instagram

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How to deal with anxiety in grad school

I have been asked to talk about the way I deal with anxiety in grad school. Since this is a problem affecting many students, I think it’s worth sharing my experience and help others who struggle during their PhD. Constant deadlines, oral presentations, journal clubs, poster presentation, financial difficulties, teaching, demonstrating in the undergrad labs, keeping up with the literature, doing experiments, analysing data, … Read More How to deal with anxiety in grad school

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Myself and socialmedia – An investment for the future

Last year, with the aim to promote myself professionally, I decided to turn this website in a diary of my PhD experience and tell about the good and the bad of this journey. I started sharing my blog post about life beyond PhD and marketing yourself on LinkedIn, Facebook student groups and Twitter with a modest response. I struggled a lot to find my … Read More Myself and socialmedia – An investment for the future

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A career in science communication – Anna Zakrisson

If you follow me for a while, you might know already that one of the section of my blog is dedicated to interviewing people inside and outside academia that made their own success from scratch. Please look at the section Interview to Success to check the previous articles. Today, I want to use this space to talk about Anna Zakrisson, a scientist who made her career … Read More A career in science communication – Anna Zakrisson

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How to write a literature review

AIf you follow me and my PhD adventures, you might know already that I have just passed the exam for the second year of my PhD. Back in June, I submitted a written report and had to discuss it a few days ago to confirmed that I did do all the work and test my general knowledge of chemistry. I rocked it and I … Read More How to write a literature review

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Every Other Thursday – Stories and Strategies from successful women scientists

In 1970, when women were seriously underrepresented in science and if you were a professor at the university, you’d be the only female academic in that department, 8 women gathered together to solve female issues as a group. The group didn’t only give professional but also personal support. After doing group for 25 years, the organiser Daniel decided to put this book together as … Read More Every Other Thursday – Stories and Strategies from successful women scientists

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I have been given the Sunshine Blog Award –

The Sunshine blog award is a peer-nominated award given to bloggers who write positive, creative and inspiring content. Amanda Coletti, founder of The Illuminated Brain nominated me and I will use this space to talk a bit more about me and my favourite blogs. My blog is closely related to my Instagram page @phd_to_success I am more active on IG as it takes less … Read More I have been given the Sunshine Blog Award –

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The IUPAC PostGrad Summer School in Green Chemistry

Recently, UNESCO stated that we NEED Green Chemistry to drive the change towards a more sustainable future. This is quite a strong statement and I will explain why this is the case.

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How to write a scientific report

This June has been one of the busiest months since I started my PhD. The major stressor was the writing of my second-year report. In the UK, PhD lasts only 4 years, including submission of the thesis. This is a privilege that most students in other countries don’t have as we know exactly when our PhD will come to an end (and this will … Read More How to write a scientific report

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Reflection on the 2nd year of my PhD

My second year started after failing my first year. I was a lot nervous and while trying to fix my report, I also had to move house. This came in a very bad period when my old supervisor left the country (thank God) and I also had to join another lab to carry on going with my research. I felt really alone and I … Read More Reflection on the 2nd year of my PhD

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All the plastic-free items I bought

I hate plastic. It’s polluting our environment and destroying marine life. I recently wrote an article about Ooho, an edible and biodegradable membrane, which will hopefully substitute single-use plastic. I will now share a few items that I bought to improve sustainability and help the only planet we have to live and last longer. Here the list: (click the link to buy these items … Read More All the plastic-free items I bought

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Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.

One of the major issues in academia arose in 2017 was sexual harassment. In the wake of #MeToo, women from within various fields have come together to share stories of their abusive experiences collectively.  To reveal the scale of the problem in academia, Karen Kelsky, a former professor, created her anonymous survey that chronicles the extent of sexual harassment inside the wall of the ivory tower. The document, … Read More Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.