Academic voices during the pandemic
The pandemic has been a challenge for almost everybody. Cancelled conferences, field trips, experiments, suspended research, travel and visa restrictions, bad job prospects and no childcare, are just some of the problems academics have faced since March.
While the virus highlighted problems in our society and probably made the work-life balance, especially for scientists with children, even more challenging , it also marked a time of change. Quick solutions for a more digitalized world, e.g. with new online formats for scientific debates or movie screenings were found, people discovered how useful science communication is, supportive communities formed and life choices were reevaluated.
About the author
Julia T. Scho holds a PhD in German Studies and has lived and worked in the USA for several years. She knows about the challenges of researchers returning to Germany from her own experience.
Read Julia’s article on “Elephant in the Lab“, a blog journal about science.