When I started my PhD I was a “newbie”. I was THE DEFINITION of newbie: inexperienced beginner, making the first steps in the wild and scary PhD world! I was driven by curiosity, passion and motivation and I was hungry to know more, to learn more, to develop my own ideas and find my own way to push forward the project I was assigned to. … Continue reading Keep Calm and Janeway!
Immunology is such an exciting field – in recent years, tons of new developments and theories have sprung up like mushrooms after rain. Interestingly, just as there are different trends in the fashion world, scientific research also has different hotspots every year. Various annual international scientific conferences certainly provide the stage for current research trends in Immunology. One of the high-level meetings is the European … Continue reading Interested in Immune regulation, big data modelling, and networking?
Well, hello there, old lady, it’s been a while 200 years, being precise, but you took them with style! Founded in 1818 with only 47 students enrolled Two centuries later this number increased 800-fold. You’ve seen thousands of students eager to learn But some were rather lazy – you made their heads burn. Still, many students came and did quite well Let’s name … Continue reading 200 Years University of Bonn – A Poem
Achieving a PhD is great. But which career will we want to pursue afterwards? Many of us may ask questions like this – mostly with the conclusion that there are a lot of opportunities. However, do we truly know plenty enough about the requirements, different daily routines and career perspectives to make such an important and extensive decision? While some of us decide to continue … Continue reading Get involved – “juFORUM goes job”!
Autumn has arrived. Time to walk along streets lined with colorful leaves, collect chestnuts (yes, plural, because one can never have too many chestnuts in his or her coat pockets), drink a warm cup of tea, and make oneself comfortable on the sofa. Well, and to decide who will be this year’s Nobel Prize winners! On Monday, October 1st 2018, the Royal Swedish Academy of … Continue reading Nobel Prize 2018: The Victory March of Immunotherapy
In our modern society individuality, striking social media profiles and straight careers are valued more than ever. We constantly need to prove ourselves and stand out. Naturally, science, research and careers have always been competitive. All of us should follow our dreams and the pursuit of happiness. However, as latest developments across the globe show formidably, our world has become very small and corporate and … Continue reading Orcas – a killer whale’s empathy
Have you ever wondered about how non-scientists could benefit from your research? We as scientists try to understand every tiny bit of our universe and sometimes spend three or more years of our life unraveling a ridiculously tiny link between two proteins. For our research, we get a lot of public money from the people of our country but how do we give something back … Continue reading Free the pig from the poke! Slam your science!
I never gave much thought to the British referendum on whether or not the country would stay in the EU. To me it was almost a done deal, something David Cameron promised the people to appease them and secure votes. I found my head spinning the day after the referendum, when I realized that what we thought unthinkable actually was the conviction of 51% of … Continue reading United we stand – What Brexit teaches us about unity
Today, it’s been five years since the ImmunoSensation Cluster of Excellence as we know it was launched. Now, after many busy and successful years, its period of funding will end, and it is time to think about the future of immunology research in Bonn. Fortunately, in September 2017, the follow-up concept ImmunoSensation² was invited to submit a full application for the next funding period of … Continue reading “ImmunoSensation²“ – One group, one vision, and a 14-year enterprise
There are numerous bloggers out there who write about science in general (some of them you can find in our collection of links). One particular blog is run at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a similar focus on research in life sciences and the life of PhD students or young investigators as the ImmunoSensation Blog. The following article by Ayla de Paepe on … Continue reading Welcome to the dark side: The ivory tower and its casualties