Next Wave has talked to scientists who work in extreme conditions to unveil what life and work is like at the frontiers of the tolerable.
"Women are squeezed out of competitive, high-expenditure R&D systems, but absorbed into struggling low-expenditure systems as a kind of 'back-up' human resource," the report highlights.
"People who have mathematical, computational, and statistical skills, [and] establish a collaboration and work on real biological problems, have the chance of doing some very, very significant things for human welfare." --Jaroslav Stark
The enthusiasm of French postdocs to return home is often unmatched by the country's apparent lack of keenness to have them back.
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"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."
"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.
"I did a lot of unpaid work; I invested in my career, and now I am seeing that it was very useful." --Monica Dias
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