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Science News

Episode 38: Cutting Edge Research?!?…..Science news!

We are back with another Science news episode! Not only will we bring you up to date on the most interesting (and funny) Science that has reached the news since our last episode and give you all the facts you need to astonish people at your next social event. We will also fact-check the actual research papers to make sure it actually shows what the journalist wrote about them. Which does not always seem to be the case!

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writing tips

Episode 37: The Science/PhD Life… Writing tips from a professional!

Today we interviewed Anna Clemens who became an academic writing coach after doing a PhD in chemistry. She specializes in helping researchers write really good papers and has courses you can sign up for. She really looks at the contents of the paper, how to get your story more clear and concise and how to get your paper more easily accepted.

We got in contact after our previous episode on writing tips from our own perspective and are of course really interested in tips from a professional academic writing coach!

If you are interested in Anna’s courses you can check out: or follow her on Twitter: @scientistswrite

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Academia to industry

Episode 36. Career talks… Switching from academia to industry with Nicole Betz

Today we talk with Nicole Betz from the US who recently switched to industry after her PhD and Postdoc. She now is a marketing researcher and talks with us about all the tips she has about getting a job outside of academia and about the job she has now.

Together with some friends she also started a Twitter account called AltAcChats. They aim to help people switch to industry, definitely check it out!

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PhD defense

Episode 35: The Science/PhD Life… Defending your PhD with Dr. Maria Clemente

In this episode, we talk with the newly graduated Dr. Maria Clemente about what it is like to defend your PhD in the Netherlands. While there are clear differences in the defense between countries that are interesting to hear about, she also has some very good tips for people preparing for their PhD that are useful for PhDers all around the world.

In future episodes, we want to highlight what it is like to do a PhD or defend your thesis in other countries. We are always looking for future guests so if this is something you would like to talk to us about definitely reach out to us!

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Science News

Episode 32: Cutting Edge Research?!?… Science News!

Today we are back with another cutting Edge research episode. But instead of talking in detail about one paper, we are going to discuss a broad range of papers that made it into the Scientific news recently. We will discuss:

-Nasal Vaccines against Covid-19
-Scientists grew human skin on a robot finger
-Sleep-deprived mosquitos prefer sleeping over eating
-Ibruprofen in combination with two commonly used drugs can cause kidney damage
-The first look at the black hole at the center of our milky way
-Scientists grew the first plants in real moon dirt
-Dog breeds are a surprisingly poor predictor of behavior
-A moms voice has a special place in kids’ brains, but not in teens
-Silent genetic mutations are not as innocent as long thought

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Episode 30. Cutting-Edge Research?!? … Screaming at Rats causes fertility issues

Do you ever wonder what other subjects you could have studied during your PhD? Well, this Podcast is here to tell you all about the cutting-edge research you could have done! And today we discuss a paper that was just published, where researchers screamed at rats for 3 weeks and found that this causes fertility issues. Intrigued? Then definitely listen to us discussing this paper.

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Episode 29: Career talks… How to start a Start-up

In this episode we talked with the CEO and CTO of a startup in Switzerland, named Bigomics. We interviewed them about what it was like to start your own company. They talk about their journey and have some nice tips for future entrepeneurs.

Career talks is a collaboration between The Struggling Scientists and the Alumni association Bio-medical Sciences of the University of Amsterdam

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PhD advisors

Episode 24: The Science Life….. Talking with PhD advisors

Today we talked with 2 PhD advisors from the AUMC doctoral school, Jordy and Mandy. They coach and advise PhD students in our institute and help them with the problems they face. We talked about their work, the most common PhD problems, and what they would advise.

Do you have a problem during your PhD, definitely check out if your institute has something similar!

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the science behind cold showers

Episode 23: The Science Behind ….. Cold Showers!

You might have heard that taking a short cold shower has health benefits. We heard things like increased metabolism, more energy, and helps with weight loss. But this made us wonder, is there actually a scientific basis for this? So we decided that it was time for us to dive into the world of Scientific Research about Cold Showers. Curious about what we found? Listen to this fun episode!

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first author paper

Episode 22: First author talks….. with Denise van Uden about her Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension paper

In the First Author Talks series we talk with first authors about their papers, the Struggles to get to this point and about life as a Scientist.

In this episode, we invited our good friend Denise van Uden to talk about her life as a PhDer and all the struggles that came with publishing her first first-author paper.

Paper: Central Role of Dendritic Cells in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Human and Mice.


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Famelab winner

Episode 21: Invited Scientist international FameLab winner Alex Cloherty

In this first episode of the year, we talked with Alex Cloherty. She won the international Famelab competition for science communication in 2021! We talked with her about this competition and about science communication in general. She has a really nice blog Microbial Mondays and a Youtube channel Alexgoesviral. Check her out if you are interested in learning more about microbes, from bacteria to viruses to fungi.

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