Hi dear reader,
This is Aitor again, writing from Rome…
After some thoughts, brainstorming and discussions with my colleagues from the ITN, I thought it would be interesting to publish a post about how it is like to be in an international PhD position, or a European network such as DNA-Robotics.
I believe that, if you’re going out of your master’s degree and are thinking what your next step should be, if you find yourself in application processes for PhD programs or have been chosen already, you may find some useful information by reading this post.
My name is Quentin and I am one of the 15 ESRs working on the DNA-Robotics project. I am located in Oxford and I am working with Tom Brown Jr’s team at ATDBio Ltd.
In DNA-Robotics, we are dedicated to educate our Early Stage Researchers. But we are also dedicated about public outreach. Combining these two things, each of our 15 Early Stage Researchers will contribute with images or videos to our Online Science Exhibition aimed at a broad audience. Before our project ends by December 2021, our Online Science Exhibition will contain both cartoons, pictures, and videos all accompanied by easily understandable texts. Stay tuned!
Now that (almost) everyone has been introduced, it’s time to understand what this ITN is really about. Other posts in this blog already explained what kind of research we are doing (if you haven’t done it yet, read the amazing post by Yash ) and about our frustrating everyday life, but I wanted to cover something a bit different.
“Science – it works!” – Every time I see somebody wearing a T-shirt with a print like this I don’t know how to feel. In times of increasing scepticism towards established and well-studied matters ranging from global warming to vaccination, it is great to see people standing up for science and advertising its successes on their chest. At the same time, I jokingly think to myself that surely anyone who has ever done research can confirm that science does, in fact, not work. Sometimes it may even feel like the most reproducible thing about science is its ability to lead young researcher to the brink of despair. In this blog post, I would like to share my own experiences after one year in grad school, and how my greatest challenges so far were those I expected the least.