DoctorYou S02E11: The process of scientific publication with Rita

Rita and Francesco after the episode

14.05.2019: How is the process of scientific publication? What are our experiences of it? Today Rita Saleh, PhD student at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, guests on DoctorYou for the second time. We have already collected some experience in the process of scientific publication and we share some thoughts rising from our (still limited) experience about 4 points :

  1. Journal selection
  2. Writing
  3. Content
  4. Review

A very interesting point brought up by Rita is the difference between Abstract, Conclusion and Summary! Listen to the podcast soon available to get to know more!

Next Tuesday, 17:15, the Nightline

is going to guest on DoctorYou. The Nightline is a student initiative, where volunteers are available during the night for anonymous phone calls. To get to know the Nightline better I invited the president Friederike and the coordinator of the events Ricarda to guest on DoctorYou!

Remeber to tune in next Tuesday at 17:15 on and see you on air!


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DoctorYou S02E10: 5 Master Suppression Techniques with Elisa

Dr. Elisa Araldi guests on DoctorYou today and we talk about Master Suppression techniques.

Master Suppression Techniques are techniques used to gain and maintain power by suppressing other people in a hierarchical environment. The framework of master suppression techniques was introduced by Ingjald Nissen and then made popular by Berit Ås. The 5 Master Suppression Techniques are:

  • 1) Ridiculing
  • 2) Making invisible
  • 3) Withholding information
  • 4) Double punishment
  • 5) Blame and shame

This episode is based on two documents found online and complemented by our own reflections: – A document by the empowerment network at Stockholm University (in Swedish) and a document on the Website of Karolinska Institutet.

Do you have ideas on how to counteract master suppression techniques? Discuss ridiculing, making invisible and the other ones on DoctorYou’s social channels: Instagram or Twitter and YouTube

DoctorYou is back on Tuesday 14 May, 17:15, on with the topic „The process of scientific publication“

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DoctorYou S02E09 Academic Writing with Simon

Francesco and Simon after the interview! Simon did not only hand pen and paper over, but also a whole bunch of precious tips and advices on how to spice up academic writing skills.

What is a topic sentence? How can formulas help you write a paper?

Dr. Simon Milligan, Academic Writing Coordinator at the Language center of ETH and UZH, guests on DoctorYou this afternoon! We talk about the peculiarities of academic writing, what traits of academic writing are discipline specific, how to start writing a paper (or some other academic document) and a lot more!

Next week: pause

But you can continue playing all the Episodes of the first and second Season! They are now available on Spotify and iTunes! The week after next week the topic will be:

5 Master suppression techniques and counterstrategies

Have you ever heard about them? Have you ever used them? Or have they ever been used on you? It is quite probable that the answer to the last two questions is YES! Tune in on…

…Tuesday 30th April, at 18:00, on …

… to discover more about:

  • Ridiculing
  • Making invisible
  • Withholding information
  • Double punishment
  • Blame and shame.

Look forward to it!


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DoctorYou S02E08: NepSAS with Ranjan

Ranjan and Francesco after the live radio talk.

What is the mission of NepSAS? What do the startups they mentor and foster in Nepal do?
Its president, Ranjan Mishra, who is also PhD student at the Department of Biology, guests on today’s episode and tells us about the story, the successes, the challenges and the future perspectives of the Nepali Scientific Association in Switzerland. Innovation, technology transfer, contextualized technologies are keywords. (On on the 09.04.2019.)

Next week…

Is the week of academic writing! Dr. Simon Milligan, who holds courses in academic writing and that many of you have already met, will guest on DoctorYou. Who knows, maybe he will bring you some Easter present in form of some suggestions to upgrade your academic writing skills? Profit of the occasion: have you questions, so send them in on  Instagram or Twitter . If you prefer an anonymous platform, you can use the chat section on this website (top right corner) during the live stream!

See you on Tuesday, 13:15, on


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DoctorYou S02E07: Science Communication with Patricia

What is science communication about? And what is the work of the communication director in a scientific lab? What are channels for science communication? How can you improve your communication abilities?

Patricia and Francesco after the live talk

Yesterday, 02.04.2019, I discussed these and many other questions with Patricia Schmidt, Director of Communications at the Crowther Lab. In particular she shared some suggestions for a good presentation: here they come!

3 tips for a good presentation

1) Don’t think of a presentation as a presentation

Often people think of a presentation as a slideshow and end up defining themselves and what they say as aid to what they are showing on the slides. Do the other way around! Whatever you show should support what you are saying and your message. Do not hide behind the presentation: it is you who must deliver the message! Be the focus of your presentation and do not let the slides take over!

2) Use your presence on stage to amplify your message

Use your body language and your voice to emphasise the message you want to convey. Think of the different effects that the use of your body language and your voice can have and how they can support the communication of your message.

3) Have a catchy start, a red thread and end with ONE key message

To discover the key message of this episode: listen to the podcast!

Are there some aspects of science communication that you want to know more about? Wirte it on Instagram or Twitter!

Next Tuesday 17:15…

we are going to talk about the Nepali Scientific Association in Switzerland. What motivates this association? What kind of activities do they organize? Tune in to find out more!