51 episodes

This podcast series is brought to you by the Science Communication and Magazine team of the Max Planck PhD network.
We want to make the process of getting a doctorate more transparent and raise awareness about possible career opportunities for doctoral researchers inside and outside of science. We disseminate information to early career researchers. We also focus on problems in academia and discuss topics of Open Science and research assessment.
Follow us on Twitter @MPPhdnetPodcast.

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This podcast series is brought to you by the Science Communication and Magazine team of the Max Planck PhD network.
We want to make the process of getting a doctorate more transparent and raise awareness about possible career opportunities for doctoral researchers inside and outside of science. We disseminate information to early career researchers. We also focus on problems in academia and discuss topics of Open Science and research assessment.
Follow us on Twitter @MPPhdnetPodcast.

    #2-30 - The Science of the PhDnet Steering Group - ft. Hang Liu, Lea Heckmann, Sarah Young

    #2-30 - The Science of the PhDnet Steering Group - ft. Hang Liu, Lea Heckmann, Sarah Young

    In this episode, Srinath talks to Hang Liu - PhDnet Spokesperson 2022, Lea Heckmann - PhDnet Spokesperson 2021 and Sarah Young - PhDnet Deputy Spokesperson 2021, but this time, its not about policy or about the network but about their science.  

    As Doctoral Researchers, scientific work is our primary objective and with these interviews we aim to show what science we pursue and how we balance scientific and extracurricular activities to manage time, thereby helping the network develop further as well. 

    Episode Art: Photo by Robynne Hu (https://unsplash.com/@robynnexy) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/)

    You can follow the guests here: 

    Hang Liu: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hang-liu-20771b115/?originalSubdomain=de 

    Lea Heckmann: https://twitter.com/HeckmannLea 

    Sarah Young: https://twitter.com/SarahAEYoung 

    You can follow us on: 

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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/offspringmagazine_thepodcast 

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/offspring-magazine-the-podcast 

    If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de 

    Check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles on a regular basis: https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/offspring-blog 

    Intro - Outro music composed by Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar 

    Pre-Intro jingle composed by Gustavo Carrizo: https://www.instagram.com/carrizo.gus 

    See you in a week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

    • 45 min
    #2-29 - A Nobel Science Conversation ft. Prof. Benjamin List

    #2-29 - A Nobel Science Conversation ft. Prof. Benjamin List

    In this episode, Bea talks to Prof. Benjamin List, director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and 2021 Chemistry Nobel Laureate "for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis".

    Benjamin talks about his work, the pivotal point on the way to the discovery of organocatalysis, and what it means for pharmaceutical research as well as medicine and industry.

    We talk about mRNA technology, transition-metal catalysis and organocatalysis, basic research in organic chemistry, advances in the field, and questions that are yet to be answered. Benjamin talks about the role of creativity in chemical research, making chemistry greener, and the biggest challenge that is global warming.

    We also discuss the importance of communicating chemistry and the difficulty in translating its special language to illustrate its ubiquity in every part of our lives.

    Check out Benjamin’s lab: https://www.kofo.mpg.de/en/research/homogeneous-catalysis

    And read more about the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry here: https://www.kofo.mpg.de/20210910-chemistry-nobel-prize-for-ben-list?c=219043

    and here: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/chemistry/2021/list/facts/

    Episode Art: Photo by Hans Reniers (https://unsplash.com/@hansreniers) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/)

    You can follow us on:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MPPhdnetPodcast

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    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/offspring-magazine-the-podcast

    If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de

    Check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles on a regular basis: https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/offspring-blog

    Intro - Outro music composed by Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar

    Pre-Intro jingle composed by Gustavo Carrizo: https://www.instagram.com/carrizo.gus

    See you in a week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

    • 55 min
    #2-28 - A Brief Welcome to the Universe with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

    #2-28 - A Brief Welcome to the Universe with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

    In this episode, Srinath talks to Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist, author, and one of the most famous science communicators about the biggest topic there is: the Universe. 

    We talk about Neil’s new book, A Brief Welcome to the Universe: A Pocket-Sized Tour, and the fundamental questions that he hopes to ask and answer to stoke curiosity. We also talk about quantum physics, identifying planets with alien civilizations, and the concept of the Multiverse, and Neil tells the story of how he got into physics from his early childhood, as well as how mathematics is the language of the universe. 

    And finally, we discuss his approach to communicating science, and our responsibility to communicate it effectively as early career researchers.  We also discuss how to talk science without being patronising, and how to encourage critical thinking. 

    Video podcast: https://youtu.be/kv0Eb8DvzPc 

    Check out Neil’s website: https://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/index.php 

    You can purchase his new book, A Brief Welcome to the Universe: A Pocket-Sized Tour here: 

    (Amazon-DE): https://www.amazon.de/dp/069121994X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_NQ9AM5EJB8JJFWNR0S6A 

    (Amazon-US): https://www.amazon.com/dp/069121994X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_NNVZXNZT75SQ1FZ4TB0A 

    His book, Cosmic Queries: https://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/books/2021-05-cosmic-queries.php 

    And his podcast: https://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/shows/2015-04-startalk.php 

    Episode Art: Background Photo by Enric Cruz López from Pexels 

    Neil Tyson : © Amazon (https://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/about/publicity-photos.php) 

    A Brief welcome to the universe: (https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691219943/a-brief-welcome-to-the-universe) 

    You can follow us on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MPPhdnetPodcast 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/offspringmagazine_thepodcast 

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/offspring-magazine-the-podcast 

    If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de 

    Check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles on a regular basis: https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/offspring-blog 

    Intro - Outro music composed by Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar 

    Pre-Intro jingle composed by Gustavo Carrizo: https://www.instagram.com/carrizo.gus 

    See you in a week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

    • 43 min
    #2-27 - Can you Control Stress? ft. Dr. Mathias V. Schmidt

    #2-27 - Can you Control Stress? ft. Dr. Mathias V. Schmidt

    This is the second part of our episode dedicated to Mental Health Awareness Week.

    In this episode, Bea continues her conversation with Dr. Mathias V. Schmidt, a Research Group Leader at the MPI of Psychiatry, this time focusing on the environmental factors that cause stress and how lifestyle changes can help us mitigate our stress.

    We discuss how stimulation might be beneficial for stress resilience, and talk about the possible interventions and ways to take control in stressful situations.

    Mathias highlights some of the most common symptoms of chronic stress and the signs that should encourage you to seek help. We specifically focus on the power of social interactions as a buffer and on social conflicts as one of the strongest stressors.

    We also discuss the differences between anxiety and stress, and the problems that could be caused by long-term exposure to either one.

    Check out Dr. Schmidt’s Research Group: https://www.psych.mpg.de/1496026/schmidt_m

    You can follow us on:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MPPhdnetPodcast

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/offspringmagazine_thepodcast

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/offspring-magazine-the-podcast

    If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de

    Check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles on a regular basis: https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/offspring-blog

    Intro - Outro music composed by Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar

    Pre-Intro jingle composed by Gustavo Carrizo: https://www.instagram.com/carrizo.gus

    See you in a week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

    • 42 min
    #2-26 - The Science of Stress ft. Dr. Mathias V. Schmidt

    #2-26 - The Science of Stress ft. Dr. Mathias V. Schmidt

    This is the first part of our episode dedicated to Mental Health Awareness Week. 

    In this episode, Bea talks to Dr. Mathias V. Schmidt, a Research Group Leader at the MPI of Psychiatry, about the science of stress. 

    Mathias gives us an introduction to stress, how it is defined, the effect it has on our bodies, and how the stress response can be measured. We talk about the evolutionary importance and different types of stress, some that can be beneficial, as well as the traumatic and chronic stress that can arise when we are not in control of the situation. Matthias gives some examples of how stress can affect our system, leading to a higher risk for a number of metabolic, cardiovascular, as well as psychiatric diseases. 

    Mathias also discusses the reasons behind the major differences in people’s resilience and sensitivity to stress, and talks about the mixture of biomarkers that are starting to be used to detect vulnerability to stress. 

    Check out Dr. Schmidt’s Research Group: https://www.psych.mpg.de/1496026/schmidt_m 

    You can follow us on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MPPhdnetPodcast 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/offspringmagazine_thepodcast 

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/offspring-magazine-the-podcast 

    If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de 

    Check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles on a regular basis: https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/offspring-blog 

    Intro - Outro music composed by Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar 

    Pre-Intro jingle composed by Gustavo Carrizo: https://www.instagram.com/carrizo.gus 

    See you in a week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

    • 40 min
    #2-25 - Kurzgesagt and Visual Science ft. Philipp Dettmer

    #2-25 - Kurzgesagt and Visual Science ft. Philipp Dettmer

    In this episode, Niko and Srinath talk to Philipp Dettmer, the founder, CEO and head writer of Kurzgesagt, the biggest YouTube science channel producing short humorous animations to tell scientific stories and inspire people to learn about space, technology, biology, history and philosophy.

    Philipp talks about how Kurzgesagt came to be: from a Bachelor thesis explainer animation to a video going viral on YouTube to a hardworking team of researchers, writers, designers, animators and producers that is behind the videos you see now.

    We discuss using YouTube as the platform for science communication and working in an uncertain environment overflowing with constantly updating information and major controversies. And Philipp explains the process that an idea goes through in over a thousand working hours before it comes onto the screen, and the role of the scientists in this pipeline.

    Check out Kurzgesagt’s website: https://kurzgesagt.org/

    Keep an eye out for Philipp Dettmer’s upcoming book: Immune: A Journey Into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive.  https://www.philippdettmer.net/immune

    Also check out the latest teaser from Philipp’s book from Kurzgesagt: https://youtu.be/0FRVx_c9T0c

    You can follow us on:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MPPhdnetPodcast

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/offspringmagazine_thepodcast

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/offspring-magazine-the-podcast

    If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de

    Check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles on a regular basis: https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/offspring-blog

    Intro - Outro music composed by Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar

    Pre-Intro jingle composed by Gustavo Carrizo: https://www.instagram.com/carrizo.gus

    See you in a week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

    • 1 hr 6 min

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