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Budding science writers are actually offered a lot of support and encouragement.
There is a cry for more integration and for people with very diverse training.
"The best way you can help me to help you is by letting me know about any of your interests and preoccupations."
"I feel that I am giving people back their names and recognition, and sometimes reuniting them with their families." --Corinne Duhig
There are good opportunities for those who persevere.
"There is lots of funding going into interdisciplinary research, so let us know what you want," says Sadhana Sharma of BBSRC.
"The question is who is going to get the funding first."
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"Suitable applicants may not always be the most academic scientists."
Scientists who are considering a pronounced change of career should try to understand their reasons as much as they can.
Multidisciplinarity has a LOT to offer to early-career scientists in terms of opportunities and excitement.
"Here, you are in the position to undertake a project you understand, and you have the tools to make immediate progress. ..." --David Gavaghan
It may not be a pure coincidence that the two most women-friendly departments in the study were led by young heads who were themselves half of a dual-career couple with children.
"Find something you believe in and talk about it with passion," says Vallance. But "also disbelieve it enough to challenge it," because that is what you will face from everybody else.
All higher education institutions now have a disability service.
"I did a lot of unpaid work; I invested in my career, and now I am seeing that it was very useful." --Monica Dias
"Postgraduate students used to be invisible in all sorts of ways," said Dame Janet Ritterman, Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Board Postgraduate Committee.
"When I was doing my biology degree, [I was doing it because] it was my favourite subject," says Jenny Dimond. "It never occurred to me [this type of job] existed."
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