Lend Your Neighbouring Scientist a Shoulder (Unless they are Hannibal)

connect. Don’t be afraid to do so.

3 am Ramblings

To the young scientist, talk. Yes, I am talking to you hovering in between terrified, excited and awed. Talk.

This may sound like a Business school advice (oh the horrors), but form connections and build networks. The underlying theme of the meeting I had this week was that science doesn’t happen in solitary islands, it happens in a large stretch of land that flourishes with trade. In this case the trade is of intellect, of ideas and to some extent the contagious passion for science. Some of the people will be strangers and remain so, some will be mentors and pseudo-mentors while others might be the person you promise to run sequences for overnight because someone else broke their sequencing machine.

To borrow the words of one of the professors, “You cannot and will not survive this life (in the lab) alone. You are going to need people just as…

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Author: Ian Street

Ian is a plant scientist and science writer relating stories of plant science and scientists on his blog, The Quiet Branches as well as other outlets. You can find him on Twitter @IHStreet.

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