In this 60-minute webinar, first broadcast live in May 2020 and now available to view on demand, Nature speaks to researchers who had their world turned upside down by the pandemic, and asks for some of their advice.
Although many scientists are now used to working from home after a year of pandemic life, the webcast might still hold valuable help and suggestions for some. Atma Ivancevic, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder, talks about her experiences being suddenly distanced from colleagues and friends, as well as staying far away from where she grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. “We need to focus on specific tasks we can get done and just be inspired when we see other people doing things — and cope with what we can do instead of expecting to do too much,” says Ivancevic. “I think, for myself, that expectation that I should be doing a lot right now was one of the struggles I had in the first few weeks.”
Melina Papalampropoulou-Tsiridou, a PhD candidate at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, speaks about finding motivation — something that was in short supply for many researchers at the time, when the news was full of the latest coronavirus statistics.
And PhD careers adviser Sarah Blackford, founder of the BioScience Careers consultancy, based in Wurzburg, Germany, describes her structured method for developing resilience.
The webinar concludes with a Q&A session from attendees who registered to watch the live event.
This event was originally screened as part of a Nature Careers webinar series.