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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


P.S.: if you want to suggest a topic, a guest, an improvement or sharing an experience: use the form below.

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!


DoctorYou S02E06: Peer Mentoring with Laura

26.03.2019: Laura Corman, PostDoc at the Department of Physics guests on DoctorYou to discuss peer mentoring.

Laura tells us about her experience regarding peer mentoring: starting from the first peer mentoring groups she visited we come to speak about the peer mentoring group she is organising and running at the Department of Physics with the support of AMP (Akademischer Mittelbau am Physikdepartement).

Peer mentoring in 3 emojis

I asked her to select 3 emojis to describe peer mentoring. Here they are:🗣 👥💡

Topics of peer mentoring sessions

Some topics that have been treated in these sessions are:

Laura and Francesco after the live radio show.
  • How to look for an industry job?
  • How to supervise Master students?
  • How to review a paper?
  • How to look for a PostDoc?
  • How to read a paper?

And some question which are probably gonna be touched in the future are:

  • How to behave at conferences?
  • How to write a paper?

How does Laura prepare and run a peer mentoring session? The example of the session on the topic „How to read a paper?“

The question arises spontaneously: How do a peer mentoring session and the preparation for it look like?

Laura accompanies us through the process of preparing, organising and running the recent peer mentoring session she had about „How to read a paper?“ We start from the comics she selected which give the starting point for a detailed discussion about how we read a paper. We end up pretty quickly in peer mentoring mood and then look at the whole process and experience from a meta point of view.

The comics Laura choose regarding the topic „How to read a paper?“

If you want to discover a lot of details about peer mentoring and how Laura and I read papers, listen to the episode, soon available on Mixcloud.

Next Tuesday…

Next Tuesday DoctorYou is back. With Patricia we are going to talk about science communication! Tune in at 17:15!

To bridge the wait you find DoctorYou on Instagram Twitter YouTube and the podcasts are available on Mixcloud!


DoctorYou S02E05: Student life as MSc vs. PhD with Stefano

19.03.2019: Stefano Danzi, PhD student at the Department of Materials, guests on DoctorYou. I already interviewed him in the first season of DoctorYou. Today he is back to talk about the differences between MSc and PhD studies.

It is difficult to summarize this episode in few words since we touched on many points and shared a lot of experiences.

Similar but different as 🚲 vs. ✈️

We make the comparison with a bike and an airplane: listen to the episode to know more!

Main points we touch:

  • Getting a salary with the connected feeling some people can have to have to show right away to have to give something back…
  • Different responsibilities
  • Long feedback loop until the quality of your work is assessed by third parties… This might tougher for people with strong need for external validation, while it might be seen as an advantageous point stimulating the development as independent researcher from other people.
  • Different sociality: if you spend a lot of time in the office or in the lab, probably you are going to meet not so many people during your workday. Moreover you usually meet more or less the same people every day. This can be quite different from Master Studies. If you took different courses in slightly different areas, you probably met more and different people every day. This can be sometimes noticed in a different sociality during your PhD studies, than the one you had during your Master Studies.

Next week: peer mentoring!

Next week a Postdoctoral researcher who initiated a peer mentoring group is going to guest on DoctorYou! It is a perfect occasion to ask her about tricks and do’s and don’ts when it comes to running a peer mentoring group!

If you are curious, have a specific question or just want to know more, you are welcome to leave a comment in the social channels of the program! DoctorYou is present on:  InstagramTwitter, and YouTube.

See you on Tuesday at 17:15 on!