Gothenburg vs Aalto_ Scandinavia

The first thing to say is that as homes to prestigious institutions, in cities with a high standard of living, Gothenburg, and Aalto, Helsinki are both great places to live and work. They are steeped in culture and full of friendly people. The two universities even have a research relationship…

3 Riveting Reads for March

Sometimes even the most disciplined and focused person needs to take their attention away from their work. There is nothing wrong with a good box set or a great movie, but perhaps the greatest escape of all is to lose yourself in a good book. No adverts, no continuity errors,…

5 Useful Activities to Make Your Time in Lockdown Count

Time in a lockdown can seem long. A major part of this is because it can feel like you aren’t achieving anything or making any progress on important tasks. For most people this is an illusion, there are a variety of useful things you can be doing during your time…

Lockdown Lifestyle- Keeping Yourself Sane

As Europe institutes protective quarantines in most states, life is changing for the majority of people. Our next few weeks and months may involve much more time inside and more time either alone or with our families than we are used to, and some adjustments will have to be made….

Why 2020 will be the best time for STEM professionals in Europe

The novel Coronavirus has been a shock to us all, but as we step into a new era. One where the memory of endemic disease and widespread upheaval is no longer distant and theoretical, the value of scientists will be felt deeply. Communities across the world are looking anxiously to…

Creative Ways to Spend Your Free Time as an Academic

Nowadays it is really easy to fall into a work routine and lose sight of the importance of free time and spending it in enjoyable, stimulating ways. Sometimes, the best way to break this routine is by starting a new, nonconventional hobby.   Start a blog   Blogs are one…

Handling yourself at a conference_ Dos and Don’ts

Starting to go to conferences is a big step in your junior academic career. You might be taken along as a graduate student by a supervisor or senior academic to get a sense of what goes on. You might be starting to attend as a speaker in your own right,…

Start Up Opportunities for Academics

You’ve been working and studying so hard for so long, and you’re looking forward to finally making some serious money. There’s never been a better time for academics to start an online business. Web tools and trustworthy platforms are in abundance for all types of businesses across sectors, and it’s…

5 Things to know when moving from Argentina to Austria

Argentina and Austria have a lot more in common than being at the start of an alphabetical list. They are both important nations on the world stage, they both have strong research cultures and they share a love of good food and a sense of the importance of the wider…

Why is it an Advantage for an American Academic to Move to Europe?

Europe is a wonderful place full of immersive cultural experiences and diversity everywhere you turn. From cultural customs and food to the breathtaking views and wildlife, there is no lack of beauty. Living in Europe is a huge opportunity for your education, and will give you enormous opportunities later in…