Hi, welcome to Science on Trial [and Error] - a podcast from a scientist to scientists.
I’m Kasia Kuzmicz-Kowalska and I’m pursuing a PhD in Developmental Biology at IST Austria.
The idea for this podcast was born out of my love for science and curiosity of people’s stories. Join me as I chat with researchers from different fields and at different levels of their careers. We will discuss their current work, but also their scientific path. Why have they started to love science? Where are they going next? I will look for some funny stories and for what is cool about science these days. And let’s be honest, it’s not all science and no play - outside-of-work activities and passions are definitely going to be covered.
Allow yourself to be inspired and enjoy the company of my amazing guests.
Music and sound: Lukasz Kowalski; Art: Laura Burnett
Episode 014 - Katarzyna Siuzdak
Episode 014: Prof. Katarzyna Siuzdak is a group leader of the Laboratory of Functional Materials at IMP PAN in Gdańsk (Poland). The group researches Nanomaterials for their use in conversion of solar energy into chemical or electrical energy.
Kasia explains the differences between doing basic research and developing applicable prototypes for the market. We discuss the underrepresentation of female researchers in Technical Sciences and the need for more opportunities for early career researchers to shine. Kasia shares her views on conscious mentoring and healthy time management. She also gives tips for a successful interview and finding balance between the Popular and the Science. PLUS we cover nanotubes forests, biocompatible glucose sensors, basement science, solar cells and many more…
Find Kasia through her website: science-mission.pl
on Instagram: @science_mission
& Twitter: @kasiasiuzdak
We are wrapping up our SPECIAL episode: I’ve been interrogating my guests for long enough and it seems only fair to give them and YOU a chance to ask me some questions. Episode015 will be featuring me spilling the truth on my scientific adventure, my future plans and many, many other things. If you’d like your question to be answered, please contact me via email: email@example.com or through our social media channels!
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Episode 013 - Vivien Ionasz
Episode 013: Vivien Ionasz is a biologist from Austria and a PhD student in German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. She is currently investigating the interplay between transcription and DNA damage in neural progenitor cells in the the lab of Dr. Wei.
We talk about challenges of moving abroad for studying, fast pace of scientific research and alternatives to staying in academia after graduation. Vivien shares details of her PhD application process and admits being obsessed with CRISPR. We discuss how to keep your mental health balance in check and how endometriosis research is terribly underfunded. We also cover connection between rest and productivity, communication issues, DNA breaks, self-care books, SCREWS, German science TV shows for kids, open online courses platforms…
Check it out for yourselves and enjoy listening!
Find Vivien on Instagram: @science.viv and Twitter: @VivienIonasz
We are planning a SPECIAL episode: I’ve been interrogating my guest for long enough and it seems only fair to give them and YOU a chance to ask ME some questions. Episode015 will be featuring me spilling the truth on my scientific adventure, my future plans and many, many other things. If you’d like your question to be answered, please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or through our social media channels!
Episode 012 - Daisy Shearer
Episode 012: Daisy Shearer is a British physicist and a PhD candidate in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Surrey (UK). Her research project is focused on semiconductor spintronics for quantum technology applications.
We discuss the high prevalence of mental health issues in the academic community and the need for more equality, diversity and inclusion in science. Daisy shares the perks and drawbacks of working in uncharted scientific territories. She also gives insight into her decision to disclose autism diagnosis on social media and to create ‘Neurodivergent in STEM‘ - project aimed to increasing the visibility of neurodivergent people in STEM fields and build a community to share experiences and advice. We also cover big magnets, lasers and Studio Ghibli soundtracks… Enjoy listening!
Find Daisy on Instagram: @notesfromthephysicslab Twitter: @QuantumDaisy and Facebook: @notesfromthephysicslab
Read her blog: notesfromthephysicslab.com and see her website: daisyshearer.com
Find Neurodivergent in STEM here as well as on Instagram @neurodivergent_in_stem and Twitter @ND_in_STEM
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Episode 011 - Ewelina Kamińska
Episode 011: Ewelina Kamińska is a Polish scientist, science communicator and a PhD candidate at LMU in Munich (Germany). She is investigating active demethylation pathways in the group of Prof. Thomas Carell.
We discuss the culture of (over)working in the competitive academic environment and the power of inspiring teaching. Ewelina gives insight into her creative process of communicating science more clearly. She also shares her recipe for being productive and enjoying work-life balance. As part of the Room for Improvement series we talk about the need for more transparency in science. Enjoy listening!
Find Ewelina on Twitter: @motivelina
Follow Ewelina on Instagram: @motivelina_com
Read her blog: motivelina.com
Case Study: Starting a PhD in times of pandemic
Episode 010: Case Study: Starting a PhD in times of pandemic.
In this special episode my guests are Christine Fiedler, Ishita Gupta, Rebecca June Morse Mora and Valentin Hübner. They all started their PhD studies at IST Austria in September 2020, but their experiences differ in many ways. We discuss how they dealt with application process, working during lockdowns and having courses online. They acknowledge the challenges and struggles of the last year, but we also recognize achievements and successes. We try to figure out what could be improved for the new students who will start their PhDs this year.
Episode 009 - Mojtaba Tavakoli
Episode 009: Mojtaba Tavakoli is a biologist and a PhD student in the group of Prof. Johann Danzl at IST Austria. His research is focused on developing methods to study biological samples with more precision using expansion microscopy.
We discuss the power of collaborative science and how we all go through difficult times during our PhDs. Mojtaba shares his positive and negative experiences as a refugee in Austria. We agree that scientists could use more training in scientific communication.
Find Mojtaba on Twitter: @RTMojtaba
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