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Markus Pössel

Remind me again why we are doing this?

To be sure: it’s probably not fair to try to deduce something so fundamental – what motivates you to do research? – from a brief text that, presumably, was part of an application form. You do not fill out those forms as a soul-searching exercise, but for a concrete reason: you’re applying for something. In […]

Martin Fenner

Chance, opportunity and planning or how to motivate young scientists

Oliver Smithies is one of the masters of giving motivational talks to young researchers. The talk he gave on Wednesday is only a slight variation of his Nobel lecture in 2007 (video and slides can be found here), or the presentation I heard in 2008 at the International Congress of Genetics. But as Eva Amsen said in a Twitter […]