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




2006, 10th grade: Me getting the worst possible grade in our Maths exam. 2007, 11th grade: Me getting rid of Physics as soon as possible. 2008, 12th grade: Me and three friends in a Maths exam, receiving as many points combined as the best girl in class alone. 2018: Me […]

Changing to the dark side: How I ended up in ...


We recently finished our second retreat of second cohort PhDs. For four days we called the beautiful but these days extremely windy island of Helgoland our home, where we learned a lot about, yes you guessed right, science communication (SciComm as the insiders say). This is one of the reasons […]

Windy Island Get-Away