“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.
Hey there! My name is Michael Pinner, and I am one of the 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) participating in the DNA-robotics research network. Born and raised in Vienna (Austria), I am now based in Munich (Germany) where I am working in the laboratory of Hendrik Dietz at TU Munich. Interdisciplinary research fields like ours naturally bring together researchers from a vast range of backgrounds, and in the following I would like to tell you my own story.