Do you remember Valentin’s post about Changing to the Dark Side: How [He] Ended up in Science? Where he said getting a PhD is also about being at the right place at the right time? Where he said the story about being at the right place at the right time […]

About Being at the Right Place at the Right Time


As you, dear reader, may have guessed already from previous posts, being an ArcTrain PhD student does not mean that you are only spending time in front of your computer or in the lab but it also means leaving your cozy and comfortable office and desk behind to enter the […]

Wind, waves and PIES – An ArcTrain student out in ...


Hello out there! Today, I want to open a short article series. The purpose is to show you who we actually are. Just the stereotype natural scientist without family, friends or social life but with a pronounced inclination for misanthropy and nerdiness? Or maybe just a normal person with an […]

Behind the blog: Valentin



Dear Reader, Sorry about the delay. The Internet connexion on board is not fast, it is the reality of field trip work! This week we want to offer you some beautiful pictures taken by Aleksei. He is currently on a cruise on the Maria S Merian in the north Atlantic […]

Greetings from the ship!


Taken from my diary during my trip from Montreal (Quebec) to Inuvik and Aklavik (Northwest Territories) in March 2018 for my PhD Day 2 – March 5th 2018 – Edmonton to Inuvik When I told my friends, colleagues, people I met randomly at the airport just the time to exchange few […]

A northern visit


Probably most of you heard this dreadful phrase, maybe from your partner, your boss or your parents. And I assume that most of you do not have the most positive associations with it. Neither do I. Today, I want to change this: the topic of today’s article shall be the […]

We need to talk



“Wait a minute, wasn’t it last year?” -asked many, who were surprised to hear, that March for Science –  the event which is supposed to bring attention to science in general and especially to earth sciences – is not a one-time thing. Yes, last year it took place for the […]

March for Science – Why?


Did you think scientific conferences are only for established researchers? Or for PhD students that are about to finish and really have something to present? But not for you, who might not even think about their first publication because you’re still missing some additional data and the final “amazing” conclusion? […]

The Motivational Effect of a Scientific Conference