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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.

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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:  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!

Nov 11

45 min 18 sec

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 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!

Oct 27

55 min 40 sec

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!

Oct 13

43 min 57 sec

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!

Oct 7

42 min 9 sec

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!

Oct 6

40 min 41 sec

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!

Sep 29

1 hr 6 min

In this episode, Bea and Srinath talk to Benjamina Bollag, founder and CEO of HigherSteaks, a UK-based cultured meats company that aims to recreate meat, starting with their first project, pork. Benjamina talks about the process of recreating meats: from taking a cell through guiding its growth in a bioreactor to creating the meat itself. Benjamina’s main motivation for founding HigherSteaks was to create a business that would have a high positive impact on people, and to this end, the cultured meats are a way to get rid of the dependency on the meat industry, while also targeting animal cruelty, antibiotic resistance, and related environmental issues. Together, our hosts and Benjamina discuss what it is like competing with a huge industry and founding a company with specialists from a diverse range of areas to enter a completely new market. To learn more about HigherSteaks, visit their website: https://www.highersteaks.com/ 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!

Sep 22

42 min 33 sec

In this episode, Niko and Srinath talk about staying in science after the PhD, focusing specifically on the funding for PostDocs, the short- as well as the long-term options. They go into more detail about some of the most common funding bodies, among them European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF), Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP), and more. They discuss the grants’ eligibility criteria, time constraints on the applications, and moving to different countries for a PostDoc. To learn more about funding opportunities for a PostDoc, see: https://www.hfsp.org/sites/default/files/Sciences/fellows/2022%20LTF%20application%20guidelines.pdf https://www.graduatecenter.uni-muenchen.de/foerderung/weiterfuehr_inform/index.html https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/research-careers/stage-postdoctoral-research https://spo.berkeley.edu/Fund/hpostdoc.html https://research.fas.harvard.edu/postdoc_opportunities https://www.dfg.de/foerderung/programme/einzelfoerderung/walter_benjamin/index.html https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/individual-fellowships_en 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!

Sep 15

31 min 42 sec

In this episode, Allison talks to MPG PhDs, Jonatan Malis, Shengnan Zhao, and Vasanth Murugesan, who share some of their experiences of doing science in Germany, and talk about the role that names might play in shaping those experiences on a day-to-day basis. They discuss mispronunciations and unconscious biases, how these experiences differ from one person to another, and from one situation to the next, and how such small things might help in creating an inclusive work environment, in which people know that their values are recognised and respected. 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!

Sep 8

39 min 40 sec

In this episode, Bea talks to Dr. Thomas Fessard, founder and CEO of SpiroChem, a Swiss fine chemicals company that specialises in the design, synthesis, production, and commercialisation of novel building blocks for use in drug discovery. Thomas tells the story of SpiroChem, from founding it 10 years ago to growing into its current state of having a worldwide customer base of the top pharma companies and one of the largest, most diverse collections of building blocks that can be used by pharma to assemble. Thomas gives an introduction into spirocyclic molecules and the use of AI in computational chemistry to generate novel molecules in silico. He also talks about the automation of the chemical industry and how a company can protect its intellectual property from being lost. To learn more about SpiroChem, visit their website at https://spirochem.com For examples of the spirocyclic molecules, see: https://ibb.co/Jy1x4rC https://ibb.co/f1gJq8v 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!

Sep 2

1 hr 3 min

This is a recording of the live episode we did on Twitter Spaces on 25-08-2021. We hope you enjoyed it. 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!

Aug 27

53 min 44 sec

In this episode, Allison is talking to Dr. Cristian D. Magnus, a queer coach, trainer, and social researcher, who coaches individuals and helps institutions create more inclusive environments. They talk about gender (non)-conformity, gender identity and gendered language, sexual diversity, and LGBTQIA*. They address heteronormativity, barriers, and institutionalised forms of discrimination in academia, and talk about fighting these discriminatory effects and biases by challenging norms and thinking patterns. Education is a very powerful tool in being an ally, and you don’t need to be a teacher to educate. The work of making academia more queer-friendly starts with you, help us challenge discrimination and call out discriminatory behaviours and practices! To learn more about Cristian’s work, visit https://www.thequeercoach.com/ 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!

Aug 18

40 min 4 sec

In this episode, Srinath talks to Dr. Pooja Sagvekar, a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lungs Research, who wrote her doctoral dissertation on epigenetic factors in Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Pooja talks about the diagnosis of the disorder, its symptoms and their treatment, as well as triggering environmental factors. Together, they discuss the lack of awareness of PCOS among the general public and the stigma associated with it. September 2021 is POCS awareness month, learn more here: https://pcosawarenessmonth.org/ You can learn more about Dr. Pooja Sagvekar here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pooja-Sagvekar National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health: https://nirrh.res.in/ Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lungs Research: https://www.mpg.de/149809/heart-lung-research 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!

Aug 11

41 min 27 sec

In this episode, Sandra and Alli are joined by Dr. Nadine Gogolla, group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology.  They talk about family and research and how to successfully combine the two while staying true to yourself. They discuss what being a good ally means and include some tips that are applicable to the scientific work environment. They talk about sensitivity training and why equal opportunity and diversity are still far from being “no-brainers”.  Having lived both in the US and in Germany, Nadine shares her experiences of being a family with two moms and a woman in science in these countries.  You can find more about Nadine’s work here. https://www.neuro.mpg.de/gogolla 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!

Aug 4

30 min 33 sec

In this episode, Niko and Beatrice continue their conversation to Dr. Jean-Francois Sassi, international expert and R&D manager at the Algae Processes and Technologies at CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission). They deep dive into the topic of plastics, discussing the move away from single-use plastics, the efforts to decrease the amount of non-degradable plastic in the environment, and why not all petrol-based plastics can be substituted by bioplastics. Jean-Francois illuminates the ways, in which microalgae can be used to build a more sustainable future, making plastics bio-based, bio-produced, biodegradable, and natural. To learn more about CEA and what they do, visit https://www.cea.fr/english. 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!

Jul 21

35 min 31 sec

In this episode, Bea and Niko talk to Dr. Jean-Francois Sassi, international expert and R&D manager at the Algae Processes and Technologies at CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission). Jean-Francois works at the intersection of science and industry, with the mission of assisting industry and increasing the technology readiness level of research. His job requires translating the business requests of the consumers, i.e. different companies in the industry, into the needs that can be addressed using microalgae. Today, Jean-Francois provides an introduction to the world of algae, specifically microalgae, and talks about their uses in the production of a variety of items, such as food and food supplements, cosmetics, fuel, and numerous materials, among them bioplastics. To learn more about CEA and what they do, visit https://www.cea.fr/english. 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!

Jul 14

36 min 17 sec

In this episode, Allison and Sandra continue their conversation with Dr. Sofia Forslund, group leader at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine. They discuss the importance of having role models, specifically in someone who is similar to yourself. Sofia talks about what it means to be an ally and how to create an inclusive and welcoming environment in the context of academia. The conversation also focuses on tokenizing, why forced or artificial inclusivity can feel so draining, and the importance of anti-discriminatory policies, with some bright outlook for the future. Check out Sofia’s lab at: https://www.mdc-berlin.de/forslund 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 suggestion, 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!

Jul 7

30 min 50 sec

In this episode, Allison and Sandra talk to Dr. Sofia Forslund, group leader at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine. Sofia talks about her journey to becoming a group leader as well as her journey to becoming herself. She shares what it is like to transition while looking for a position in academia, and the consideration that goes into choosing a queer-friendly lab, institute, or even the city. Together, our hosts and Sofia discuss what it means to be a woman and the societal expectations connected to it, and talk about gender dysphoria, feminism, and toxic masculinity. Check out Sofia’s lab at: https://www.mdc-berlin.de/forslund 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 suggestion, 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!

Jun 30

32 min 1 sec

In this episode, Srinath and Leonie talk to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johann-Dietrich “Jan” Wörner, President of the German National Academy for Science and Engineering (Acatech), and former Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA).  Jan tells his story of the very indirect path that took him from studying Civil Engineering in Darmstadt to his current position.  He discussed various highlights across his career such as a visit to a nuclear plant in Japan, research into earthquake safety, airplane hangars design, and the conception of the Moon Village. As a former DG of ESA, Jan talks about what Space 4.0 means, and the importance of taking responsibility for cleaning up space junk. At his position at Acatech, Jan also emphasises some of the most important principles when communicating science to politicians, and discusses the advantages of the digital transformation due to the pandemic. Listen to learn more. 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 suggestion, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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!

Jun 23

57 min 14 sec

In this episode, Beatrice and NIko continue their conversation with Dr. Joris Deelen, group leader at the MPI for Biology of Ageing. This week, we take a closer look at the research into ageing. Joris shares more detail about his lab and talks about the stage that the research into ageing is currently at. We discuss the biggest challenges and hurdles that still need to be overcome to slow down (or even reverse) the ageing process. We talk about the nine hallmarks of ageing and Joris debunks some of the most common misconceptions about the ageing research. Check out Dr. Deelen’s lab and their research here: https://www.age.mpg.de/science/research-laboratories/deelen 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 suggestion, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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!

Jun 16

49 min 20 sec

In this episode, Beatrice and Niko talk to Dr. Joris Deelen, group leader at the MPI for Biology of Ageing.  Joris talks about the role of genes, environment, and their interaction in longevity, and the research that is done in his lab.  We discuss the ways to keep yourself “young” and what role different types of stress play in ageing.  With ageing now being officially recognised as a disease, we also talk about ways to slow it down, and what treating it would mean for other diseases linked to it. Check out Dr. Deelen’s lab and their research here: https://www.age.mpg.de/science/research-laboratories/deelen 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 suggestion, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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!

Jun 9

1 hr

In this episode, Adrian and Srinath talk to Dr. Benjamin Thompson about science jobs outside of academia, specifically, scientific journalism.  Ben talks about the path he took to becoming a Senior Multimedia Editor at Nature and scientific podcasting.  He discusses the doubts he faced while switching careers and the skills gained his research experience that he found useful in journalism.  Ben also shares how Nature’s Coronapod came to be, how topics for the podcasts get chosen, and the cycle that an episode of the Nature Podcast goes through before it reaches your ears.  Ben also talks about covering highly debated topics and what journalism in the times of uncertainty is like. Check out Nature’s podcasts: https://www.nature.com/nature/articles?type=nature-podcast 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 suggestion, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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!

Jun 2

39 min 5 sec

In this episode, Niko and Srinath continue their conversation with Dr. Christina Beck, now talking about communicating science to the outside world. They emphasise the necessity of clear and transparent communication with policymakers and general public, especially on such important and often debated topics as animal research or genetic engineering. Chrisina talks about what Max Planck Society is doing to facilitate such conversations and about the commitment it has made to introduce young scientists to science communication. Christina also stresses the importance of science communication being a dialogue, in which the scientists take their audience seriously and speak to them on the same level. You can learn more about the Max Planck Society here: https://www.mpg.de/en. For more information on My Machine and Me, chechk out #mymachineandme on Twitter and MPS website. To learn more about Tierversuche Verstehen Initiative, see https://www.tierversuche-verstehen.de. Also, check out the MPS Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/maxplancksociety. 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 comments, suggestion or questions, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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!

May 26

26 min 24 sec

In this episode, Niko and Srinath sit down with Dr. Christina Beck, Head of Communication in the Administrative Headquarters of MPS, and discuss a topic that is of special interest for Max Planck students and staff, internal communication. With MPS being a melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds, our hosts and Christina talk about the importance of internal communication and the role that MAX will play in bringing the employees together. Christina also discusses the importance of brand communication for the Society, as well as the negative effects and the need for reduction in the pressure to publish. You can learn more about the Max Planck Society here: https://www.mpg.de/en You can follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MPPhdnetPodcast/, find us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/offspringmagazine_thepodcast/ and Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/company/offspring-magazine-the-podcast/ If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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!

May 19

28 min 15 sec

In this episode, Allison and Sandra continue their conversation with Prof. Dr. Marla Feller about being a woman and a mother in science. We talk about gender discrimination in scientific environments and about the role implicit biases play in the process of applying for grants. We discuss the Impostor Syndrome, the effect it had on us and our academic lives, and Marla shares her strategies for overcoming the feeling of self-doubt and fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.  To learn more about Marla’s scientific journey, watch her talk on feeling like an impostor while switching research fields from Physics to Neuroscience: https://youtu.be/ggxeSE96rLk; or read about her on Picking Brains to challenge your stereotype of what a “typical” path to becoming a scientist is: https://pickingbrains.berkeley.edu/profiles_/profile_feller.html.  Here is the link to the study about gender-specific language in grant-writing: https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/who-gets-grant-money-gendered-words-decide.  You can follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MPPhdnetPodcast/, find us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/offspringmagazine_thepodcast/ and Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/company/offspring-magazine-the-podcast/ If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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!

May 12

34 min 56 sec

In this episode, Allison and Sandra sit down to talk to Prof. Dr. Marla Feller about being a woman and a mother in science. We discuss the lack of childcare at universities and the advantages of being a scientist-parent compared to other careers. Marla shares her experience of working in Physics and in Neuroscience and how it felt being the only woman in the room. You can follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MPPhdnetPodcast/, find us on Instagram athttps://www.instagram.com/offspringmagazine_thepodcast/ and Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/company/offspring-magazine-the-podcast/ If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, reach out to us at offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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!

May 5

28 min 2 sec

In this Episode, Srinath and Niko have a discussion with Prof. Stephen Curry the Chair of DORA, a Declaration on Research Assessment.  We discuss his career, his current position, his interest in DORA, and about how journal impact factors are misused. To know more about DORA: https://sfdora.org/ If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai See you in a week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Apr 28

36 min 20 sec

In this Episode, Srinath and Niko have a discussion with Prof. Stephen Curry the Chair of DORA, a Declaration on Research Assessment.  We discuss his career, his current position, his interest in DORA, and about how journal impact factors are misused.  To know more about DORA: https://sfdora.org/ If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai See you in a week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Apr 21

34 min 59 sec

We have all the hosts for the Podcast on this episode.  We discuss which topics we plan to cover over the coming weeks and months.   We hope you enjoy it.  If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom Adrian Lahola-Chomiak: https://twitter.com/AdrianLahola Sandra Fendl: https://twitter.com/FendlSandra Beatrice Lansbergen:  See you in two weeks, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Mar 30

12 min 54 sec

In this Episode, Srinath and Niko have a discussion with Dr.Ino Agrafioti about the European Research Council, about the organization of it, about what types of Grants are offered, about what information is expected in each part of your grant, and many more such details. Dr.Ino Agrafioti is a scientific officer and coordinator for Panel LS1 of the ERC. To know more about the ERC and their grants: https://erc.europa.eu/ https://erc.europa.eu/funding If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai See you in two weeks, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Mar 17

1 hr 6 min

The first episode with all 5 hosts of Offspring Magazine The Podcast.  If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom Adrian Lahola: https://twitter.com/AdrianLahola Sandra Fendl: https://twitter.com/FendlSandra

Nov 2020

28 min 5 sec

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk to Dr. Ulman Lindenberger, one of the newly appointed Vice Presidents of the Max Planck Society representing the Human Sciences Section.  We discuss various topics of interest to a Doctoral researcher of the MPG, including the funding for DRs, the salary pay gap, outreach and communication and citizen science.  For more details, make sure to listen to the entire episode. To know more about Dr.Ulman Lindenberger https://www.mpg.de/360351/bildungsforschung_wissM14 https://www.mpg.de/15140736/ulman-lindenberger-vice-president-human-sciences-section A link to the documentary on Citizen Science by Prof.Lindenberger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijbHF2Pe7Lo If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom Adrian Lahola: https://twitter.com/AdrianLahola Sandra Fendl: https://twitter.com/FendlSandra Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Nov 2020

1 hr 19 min

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath, Niko and Alli talk to Dr. Asifa Akhtar, one of the newly appointed Vice Presidents of the Max Planck Society representing the Biology and Medicine Section.  We discuss various topics of interest to a Doctoral researcher of the MPG, including the being an international citizen in the current scientific world, lives of PhDs, importance of communication and onboarding, and many more.  For more details, make sure to listen to the entire episode. To know more about Dr.Asifa Akhtar: https://www.mpg.de/7453315/immunbiologie_wissM3 https://www.mpg.de/15141111/asifa-akhtar-vice-president-biology-medicine-section If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom Adrian Lahola: https://twitter.com/AdrianLahola Sandra Fendl: TBA Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Nov 2020

1 hr 18 min

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk to Dr. Klaus Blaum, one of the newly appointed Vice Presidents of the Max Planck Society representing the Chemistry, Physics and Technology Section.  We discuss various topics of interest to a Doctoral researcher of the MPG, including the Gender Equality, PhD Contracts, and many more.  For a detailed understanding, make sure to listen to the entire episode.  To know more about Dr.Klaus Blaum:  https://www.mpg.de/458609/kernphysik_wissM65 https://www.mpg.de/15140971/klaus-blaum-vice-president-chemical-physical-technical-section If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom Adrian Lahola: https://twitter.com/AdrianLahola Sandra Fendl: TBA Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Nov 2020

1 hr 3 min

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, we feature Irene Domenici from the General Meeting working group, Andrea Seiwert from the Secretary Group and also the two hosts of this podcast Srinath and Niko for their roles as coordinators of Offspring Magazine and Open Science working groups respectively. We discuss how they work within the PhDnet and highlight the important and specific tasks they each perform.   We also highlight the importance of Networking, and Communication.  As PhDnet forming this network of peers to discuss and solve issues which are common to all PhDs of the Max Planck Society, we aim to promote the collaboration and communication as much as possible and we hope to meet you at the General Meeting from November 4th to 6th 2020.  These episodes are a part of a series which aim to shed light on the various roles in the Steering Groups and the roles of the Working Groups within the PhDnet which enable the body to function.   You can learn more about the PhDnet at : https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/home You can get in touch with the WGs from this episode with the below addresses. General Meeting: general.meeting@phdnet.mpg.de  Survey Group: secretary.group@phdnet.mpg.de Offspring Magazine:  offspring.magazine@phdnet.mpg.de Open Science: open.science@phdnet.mpg.de If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles  on a regular basis. https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/outreach/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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom Adrian Lahola: https://twitter.com/AdrianLahola Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Nov 2020

44 min 23 sec

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Alli talk to Merle Ücker, Andrea Bours, Linda Olsthoon, Felipe Nathan De Oliveira, Barbara Šafarić about their roles in their working groups the Webgroup, Survey Group, Visions in Science Group and Equal Opportunities.  We discuss how they work within the PhDnet and highlight their important and specific tasks.  These episodes are a part of a series which aim to shed light on the various roles in the Steering Groups and the roles of the Working Groups within the PhDnet which enable the body to function.  Stay Tuned for next week as we talk to a few of the Working Group Coordinators. You can learn more about the PhDnet at : https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/home You can get in touch with the WGs from this episode with the below addresses. Webgroup: webgroup@phdnet.mpg.de Survey Group: survey.group@phdnet.mpg.de Visions in Science and Career Steps: career.steps@phdnet.mpg.de Equal Opportunities Group: equal.opportunity@phdnet.mpg.de If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles  on a regular basis. https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/outreach/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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom Adrian Lahola: https://twitter.com/AdrianLahola Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Oct 2020

43 min 5 sec

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Adrian talk to Nikki van Teijlingen Bakker, Simon Hofmann and Sarah Young from the Steering group of the Max Planck PhDnet.  We discuss their roles as Section Representatives for the Biomedical (BM), Human Sciences(Hum) and Chemistry Physics and Technology (CPT), and how the Steering Group works within the PhDnet.  These episodes are a part of a series which aim to shed light on the various roles in the Steering Groups and the roles of the Working Groups within the PhDnet which enable the body to function.  Stay Tuned for next week as we talk to a few of the Working Group Coordinators.  You can learn more about the PhDnet at : https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/home You can follow the Guests of the Interview online here: Nikki van Teijlingen Bakker: https://twitter.com/NikkivanTB Simon Hofmann: https://twitter.com/HofmannZimon Sarah Young:  TBA Nikki's Podcast - Career Navigators: https://anchor.fm/career-navigators If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles  on a regular basis. https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/outreach/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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom Adrian Lahola: https://twitter.com/AdrianLahola Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Oct 2020

52 min 23 sec

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk to Lindsey Bultema, Cornelia Van Scherpenberg and Julia Van Beesel from the Steering group of the Max Planck PhDnet.  We discuss their roles as Spokesperson, Deputy Spokesperson and General Secretary, and how the Steering Group works within the PhDnet.  These episodes are a part of a series which aim to shed light on the various roles in the Steering Groups and the roles of the Working Groups within the PhDnet which enable the body to function.  Stay Tuned for next week as we talk to the other three Steering Group Members who are the Section Representatives.  You can learn more about the PhDnet at : https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/home You can follow the Guests of the Interview online here: Lindsey Bultema: https://twitter.com/LindseyBultema Cornelia Van Scherpenberg: https://twitter.com/cornelia_v_s Julia Beesel: https://twitter.com/JuliasShoulder If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es  You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here:  Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar  Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai  Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom  Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy 

Oct 2020

1 hr 10 min

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk with Barbara Šafarić and Julian D. Rolfes (JD) from Mental Health Collective of the Max Planck Society (MPS). They are a grass roots movement to bring awareness to mental health issues within the MPS and try to help dealing with them.  Especially, with the frightening results from the PhDnet survey, the issue of mental health is becoming more important than ever. In our discussion, we try to figure out how to deal with mental health on a personal level but also if people around you are affected. Furthermore, we hope to bring awareness to the different institutions that can help you on a professional level. If you or someone you know might be affected by mental health issues, it is nothing to be ashamed of but rather something that needs to be addressed properly.  The Collective started out in 2019 and organized a Max-Planck-wide Mental Health Awareness Week.  This year's campaign for Mental Health Awareness will take place from October 5th to October 9th, 2020. More details can be found here: https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/events-and-activities/mental-health Please use the following information to reach out for help: EMAP: https://www.mpikg.mpg.de/6106370/emap-beratungsangebot-fuer-mitarbeitende Hotline with Telefon Seelsorge: 0800-1110111 or 0800-1110222, https://www.telefonseelsorge.de/ Everything about EMAP (for MPI employees only): https://max.mpg.de/Service/Beratungsangebote/Pages/EMAP_EN.aspx Top lines of help in Germany: https://www.mytherapyapp.com/de/blog/telefonseelsorge-rufnummern Mental Health Collective:  Twitter: @mpg_mhc  Email: mhc@lists.mpg.de Offspring Blog Post: https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/126817/2020-03-27_covid_eo?c=22833 If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es  You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here:  Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar  Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai  Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom  Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy - Physically and Mentally

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Oct 2020

1 hr 7 min

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko interview Dr. Jorg Körner from Acatech, the German Academy of Science and Engineering which gives advice to the federal and state governments on future technologies and scientific policies. Dr. Körner shares his journey to Acatech and his experience working at the intersection of politics and science.  Furthermore, he explains the process of new innovations and technologies making their way into the daily lives of the general populace. Acatech describes most of their current projects on their website  https://en.acatech.de/project/ If you have any questions concerning acatech feel free to reach out to Dr. Körner: Twitter: https://twitter.com/JorgKoerner LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jokoerner If you would like to know more about other institutions that are similar to acatech here are a few links: ALLEA (Alliance of European Academies): allea.org Royal Society (UK): royalsociety.org LERU (League of European Research Universities): leru.org Science Europe (Research Funding Coalition): scienceeurope.org EU: https://epso.europa.eu/career-profiles/european-public-administration_en EU: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en If you have any feedback, comments or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es  You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here:  Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar  Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai  Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom  Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

Sep 2020

1 hr 1 min

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Allison does an interview with Dr.  Anthony Hyman, from the MPI for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden. We talk about his illustrious career, becoming a Director of a Max Planck Institute at a very young age, as well as his entry into the Biotech Startup field with his two companies focusing on RNAi and Biomolecular Condensates. We hope you enjoy this episode! To know more about Dr.  Hyman: https://www.mpi-cbg.de/research-groups/current-groups/anthony-hyman/group-leader/ His company Dewpoint Therapeutics: https://dewpointx.com/ If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

Sep 2020

1 hr 9 min

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk to Dr. Sri Teja Mullapudi, a Technology and Venture development Analyst at Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (TIAP) a VC firm working towards venture building of early-stage health science technologies emerging from Toronto's universities, hospitals, and research institutes.  We discuss details about his interesting career outside of academia post a doctoral degree.  We also discuss how his life in science and working in a lab environment equipped him with the right skills and tools to thrive in different environments.  Do listen to till the end to find out more details on what we discussed.   If you would like to get in touch with Dr. Sri Teja Mullapudi, check out the links below:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/TejaVuAgain LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sri-teja-mullapudi/ If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

Sep 2020

54 min 44 sec

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk to Dr.Noémie Aubert Bonn a Doctoral Researcher who Researches Research.  We discuss about Meta research, Research Integrity and ways to change the current system of academia, publishing and many more.  If you are interested to find out more, feel free to check out Noémie's work on Research Integrity below.  Twitter: https://twitter.com/naubertbonn Preprint from Noémie: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.12.945733v2 Check out sfDORA: https://sfdora.org/ If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis: https://twitter.com/OswaldsMom Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

Sep 2020

1 hr 8 min

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk to Dr. Elisabeth Bik, a scientific consultant/detective, who is uncovering publications committing scientific misconduct. We discuss details about fake journals, fake papers and how to deal with misconduct if we somehow come across it in our daily research lives.  If these topics interest you, find out more details in the interview and here are some links with additional information on Dr. Elisabeth Bik.  Twitter: https://twitter.com/MicrobiomDigest Blog Homepage: https://scienceintegritydigest.com/ Paper on Image Duplication in the biomedical field: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27273827/ Ombudsperson for Max Planck Society: https://www.mpg.de/about-us/organisation/ombudspersons EMAP for MPS employees (login required): https://max.mpg.de/Service/Beratungsangebote/Pages/EMAP_EN.aspx If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Allison Lewis Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

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Aug 2020

48 min 20 sec

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk to Dr. Elisabeth Bik, a scientific consultant/detective, who is uncovering publications committing scientific misconduct. We discuss details about how she became one of the most well-known people to publicize research papers that contain image duplications. Furthermore, we talk about reasons for scientist to fake their data and what some causes could be. One interesting part is also the response of the authors and journals in question and how they deal with the accusation. If these topics interest you, find out more details in the interview and here are some links with additional information on Dr. Elisabeth Bik.  Stay tuned for Part-2 next week. Twitter: https://twitter.com/MicrobiomDigest Blog Homepage: https://scienceintegritydigest.com/ Paper on Image Duplication in the biomedical field: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27273827/ If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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 Pre-Intro jingle composed by Gustavo Carrizo: https://www.instagram.com/carrizo.gus/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Also, we welcome our new co-host Allison Lewis. Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

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Aug 2020

47 min 51 sec

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk to Dr. Paula Stephan, a professor of economics at the Georgia State university. Her research concerns the career outcomes of early career researchers and how research assessment is performed.  We discuss how research is assessed currently, the different models of evaluating research and the past and present scenarios for PostDoc life in the United States of America.  You can find more about Dr.Paula Stephan at her homepage:  https://sites.gsu.edu/pstephan/ You can take a look at the talk she gave at the HHMI-sfDORA event on Research Assessment over here: https://bit.ly/2DQ2CxU If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to 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 Intro jingle composed by Gustavo Carrizo: https://www.instagram.com/carrizo.gus/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

Aug 2020

40 min 40 sec

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk to Dr. Paula Stephan, a professor of economics at the Georgia State university. Her research concerns the career outcomes of early career researchers and how research assessment is performed.  We discuss about the importance of networking, the career outcomes of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in the sciences in this part of the discussion.  You can find more about Dr.Paula Stephan at her homepage:  https://sites.gsu.edu/pstephan/ You can take a look at the talk she gave at the HHMI-sfDORA event on Research Assessment over here: https://bit.ly/2DQ2CxU If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles on a regular basis. https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/offspring-blog Intro and Outro music composed by Srinath Ramkumar Intro jingle composed by Gustavo Carrizo: https://www.instagram.com/carrizo.gus/?hl=es You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

Aug 2020

41 min 23 sec

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk to Dr. Peter Suber, the director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication.  He has been involved with the Open Access Movement from the very beginning, even before the international initiatives were conceived. Following up from the first part, this week they talk about research evaluation, the different kinds of open access publishing and about ways to take the Open Access movement forward. You can find more about Dr.Peter Suber at his homepage:  http://bit.ly/petersuber You can get in touch with Dr.Suber on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/petersuber, and his work on the Open Access Tracking Project here: https://twitter.com/oatp You can also find his book on Open Access here: bit.ly/oa-book His latest book Knowledge Unbound can be found here: bit.ly/ku-book If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de Please feel free to check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles on a regular basis. https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/offspring-blog Intro jingle composed by Gustavo Carrizo, Intro and Outro music composed by Srinath Ramkumar You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

Aug 2020

37 min 49 sec

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk to Dr. Peter Suber, the director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication.  He has been involved with the Open Access Movement from the very beginning, even before the international initiatives were conceived. In this first part, we talk about his career path that ultimately lead to the position he holds today, we discuss the history of Open Access, copyrights in publication, peer review and preprints among other topics. You can find more about Dr.Peter Suber at his homepage:  http://bit.ly/petersuber You can get in touch with Dr.Suber on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/petersuber, and his work on the Open Access Tracking Project here: https://twitter.com/oatp You can also find his book on Open Access here: bit.ly/oa-book His latest book Knowledge Unbound can be found here: bit.ly/ku-book If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email: offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: Srinath Ramkumar: https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar Nikolai Hoermann: https://twitter.com/HoermannNikolai Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

Jul 2020

32 min 7 sec

In this episode, Srinath continues his conversation with Mohamed El Brolosy and Giulia Boezio from the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung research.  They discuss life in Germany as an expat, and how they came to adapt to the new environment as they started their research careers here.  They also have a few words of wisdom for everyone, being researchers in the senior years of doctoral work.  You can get in touch with the guests of this episode with the following Mohamed El-Brolosy at https://twitter.com/MohamedBrolosy Giulia Boezio at https://twitter.com/Giulsboezio You can follow other updates of the Offspring Magazine at https://www.phdnet.mpg.de/offspring-blog In case you have any feedback, comments or questions regarding any of the episodes, please feel free to email us on offspring.podcasts@phdnet.mpg.de You can follow the host of this episode Srinath Ramkumar at https://twitter.com/srinathramkumar See you next week. 

Jul 2020

36 min 23 sec