The Sassy Scientist – Grounded

The Sassy Scientist – Grounded

“Everyone else is going. It’s so unfair. They just don’t understand. Everyone else’s supervisor said yes.” Denis has been sent to his scientific bedroom and he isn’t impressed. He contacted the Sassy Scientist via Tiktok to ask:

My supervisor has banned me from going to conferences. What shall I do?

Dear Denis,

You supervisor is a mean, heartless seg-fault who was around when dinosaurs walked the Earth? I’m sorry you feel that way, Denis. Let’s see if we can unpack your reasoning and try to find a way forward together.

What did you want to present? Ah, it’s not quite finalised yet. That’s normal, no one writes an abstract having actually done the research. What is your plan? Oh, you need to go through it with Fred in the bar first. Do you often collaborate with Fred? What’s he working on? Is he allowed to go to conferences? I see. He was trained at the university of life, department of hard knocks and doesn’t have funding. Do you often stay up until dawn debating you latest theories? Does that not affect your productivity at work? Do you not think that maybe your supervisor has justified doubts about your readiness to attend a conference?

Could it be that your supervisor has a point about the wisdom of attending a conference in a covid-19 hotspot? Perhaps they are right that it would be better to wait until next year. Socially distanced poster sessions and ice-breakers just won’t be the same. At least we still have vEGU21 to look forward to.

Yours truly,

The Sassy Scientist

PS: This blog post was written to pretend that this scientist has not entered a negative productivity feedback loop: no conference deadlines, no work, nothing to present. A blog post counts as output, right?

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I am currently employed at a first tier research institute where I am continuously working with the greatest minds to further our understanding of the solid Earth system. Whether it is mantle or lithosphere structure and dynamics, solid Earth rheology parameters, earthquake processes, integrating observations with model predictions or inversions: you have read a paper of mine. Even if you are working on a topic I haven’t mentioned here, I still know everything about it. Do you have any problems in your research career? I have already experienced them. Do you struggle with your work-life balance? Been there, done that. Nowadays, I have only one hobby: helping you out by answering the most poignant questions in geodynamics, research and life. I am waiting for you right here. Get inspired.

1 Comment

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    Of course a blog post counts as output!

    In fact: I am counting on it :p

    Good job, my sassy!


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