There’s no limit to what scientists can do beyond academia

There’s no limit to what scientists can do beyond academia

Tobias Maier, scientist and Senior Consultant at hfp consulting answers some questions on career development.

What kind of careers can scientists consider beyond academia?

Actually, there’s no limit to what jobs scientists can do. 

Not only can they access jobs related to academia such as facility manager, lab manager, and project manager but they can also do R&D in industry or, moving further beyond research-related activities, they can go into sales, marketing, communication, or … Read more “There’s no limit to what scientists can do beyond academia”

Leading in the midst of a pandemic

Leading in the midst of a pandemic

Do you see a crisis as a burden or an opportunity? Can you be a real leader when facing a critical situation? Strong leadership is not demonstrated simply by driving people towards a goal, but by showing the courage to lead. By being adaptable, by showing readiness for discussion with your co-workers, by taking time and talking to them. This is the only possible way of effectively leading in a pandemic.

Leadership in times of

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Acknowledging the need to adapt is a basic leadership skill

Acknowledging the need to adapt is a basic leadership skill

Sašo Kočevar, Managing Director at hfp consulting and a Senior Consultant shares his views on leadership in science and adapting to times of crisis

What are the defining characteristics of a good leader in science?

Obviously, a prerequisite would be scientific excellence to be able to inspire others in the research topic common to the group. On the other hand, they have to be open and ready to listen to their coworkers to empower … Read more “Acknowledging the need to adapt is a basic leadership skill”

A good leader knows s/he doesn’t have all the answers

A good leader knows s/he doesn’t have all the answers

Sašo Kočevar, Managing Director at hfp consulting and a Senior Consultant shares his views on leadership in science.

Why is leadership needed in science? 

Professional development (communication, conflict resolution, management skills) is a relatively new field. hfp consulting has been active since 2005, and since then the relevance of programs for PhD supervisors, PIs and so on has been acknowledged. And scientific leaders are becoming more aware of their responsibility in the training of … Read more “A good leader knows s/he doesn’t have all the answers”

The value of stupidity in scientific research. Science implies the confrontation of our “absolute” stupidity.

The value of stupidity in scientific research. Science implies the confrontation of our “absolute” stupidity.

The idea has been around for a while, which doesn’t make it any less gripping, quite the opposite, it is worthwhile to occasionally revisit it, if only for the sake of positive stimulus.

The first one to formulate the concept within the scientific field, though, was Martin Schwarz, a professor of microbiology and biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia, who published an article [1] about the role of stupidity in scientific research, in the … Read more “The value of stupidity in scientific research. Science implies the confrontation of our “absolute” stupidity.”