Jonathan and I want to wish our readers a very happy new year. In 2016 we want to continue to expand the back and forth with readers as we compile things for our book based on Black Hole ideas and discussion. We’re delighted to be working with superstar editor Angela Jameson Potts on getting these ideas together but we still need the help of readers. Please comment on the blog, Facebook page, or Twitter (@WastedTalent16) at any point and we will do our best to paint the most accurate portrait of the problems facing science and a broad range of ideas for how to improve things.
The hottest post of the last quarter was our pre-Christmas wish list for things to change – the 18 ideas to save science which gives readers the ideas and the context behind most of the major topics that we hope to cover in the book. Please have a read if you’ve missed this in the pre-Christmas rush.
As always, we encourage guest bloggers to contribute. We’ve had 11 such bloggers to whom we are indebted for the enthusiasm and opinions on key issues affecting early career researchers (thanks to Beth, Sonja, Eddy, Brianne, Erika, Jenn, Kelly, Mark, Andrew, Jan and Jiro). These opinions and the comments sections of the blog help us expand beyond our own limited viewpoints and are essential to giving this book and website the broadest reach and impact.
Over the last quarter, we have posted the following and are looking forward to an exciting 2016:
- Major policy changes needed to bring academia into the 21st century (18 ways to save science)
- The door to an academic science career – open or closed?
- Commencing the academic job search – impetus and deadlines
- The academic job search – getting your foot in the door
- Preparing your application package for an academic job
- The decline in biomedical postdocs – good decisions or bad conditions?
- A good start for science, with fingers crossed for more to come
- A wish list for our new ‘pro-science’ government
- Some good and bad ideas for restructuring the PhD
- (from Signals Blog) Here we go…cells derived from embryonic stem cells in UK clinics