"A mother is continually training in how to manage her time and organise her work. This is key [to success in entrepreneurship], beyond having guts and imagination," says Claire Dutertre.
The new law and recent experiences gives hope to scientists who have been struggling in the past.
Although Hébrard advises anyone with a passion in astronomy to go for it, he warns that "keeping your eyes and mind open is a good way to start in such a research field."
"This way we cross barriers--something [that is] very difficult-- and the students benefit from a different way of doing science, from a broader perspective," says group leader Moya.
Doing a Ph.D. on visual interfaces and usability is particularly useful, he believes, because it allows him to understand what the consumers would like to use and to guess whether a new product would succeed or fail.
"This choice was more practical because you try to build up a career, and if you do what people are already doing, you need to be very good, but also lucky, to make it," says Edwin Cuppen.
"Even if being back at a postdoc position was quite difficult," says Valentina Emiliani, "this was a necessary step."
The couple started looking "around in the world [to see] where we could both have nice positions," and they found what they were looking for in Spain.
"Try and identify the people that can really teach you and help you very quickly," says Diego Centonze.
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