Want to do a PhD? ~ Bioblogia.net

28 de junio de 2016

Want to do a PhD?

(Puedes leer esta entrada en español aquí, y la entrada hermana de Franck, aquí)

During my PhD, I was lucky enough to get a grant that allowed me to travel every year, to do research at other institutions around the world. 

One of these research trips took me to France, where I worked for 3 months, aspiring to become a better scientist.

It didn't work...
I spent most of my time there measuring reflectance in large quantities of barn swallow feathers. From time to time, however, I would leave my spectrophotometer and venture through the corridors and offices of my host research center: the University Paris-Sud, in Orsay, a small town at the outskirts of Paris.

That's how I met Franck Courchamp and his amazing crew: 

The nice members of the Biodiversity Dynamics group helped me to cope a bit better with the cold Parisian winter, when they kind of adopted me, both in and out of the lab.

If you read Franck's blog, you will soon discover that these guys don't have a very clear barrier between their social lives and the lab hours. It all merges, somehow, into a very successful group of friends that enjoy Science together.

It looks like a wonderful place to do a PhD!

That's why I thought it would be a good idea to ask Franck about his view on the PhD business, and today, as a result, we bring to you these infographics:

Did you like it? Here you can download a pdf version, if that's more your thing...


Before you go! Can we ask you a favor?

Please consider helping Franck's amazing project: Insignificant

"An amazing motion design movie that gently puts humans back at their place"

"Insignificant will be comprised of nine episodes of three minutes. Three minutes to put away your selfie stick and take the time to receive a true message. Each episode will take us into a different graphic universe, punctuated with surprising facts, impressive numbers, and fascinating scientific anecdotes.

From the universe to genes, including ecosystems, species and the human body; each episode addresses a different aspect of science. Thanks to the use of meaningful metaphors, powerful images, and an original soundtrack, this animated film allows us to reflect on scales and concepts that are large and difficult to comprehend for our human brain: the number of stars in the universe, the proportion of Earth’s history where man has been present or the number of living species on Earth."

We will be eternally grateful if you contribute to the crowdfunding (and you will get rewards!), but just sharing this post will help us a lot :)


Franck and Fernando

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