"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.
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.
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
Scientists who are considering a pronounced change of career should try to understand their reasons as much as they can.
"Suitable applicants may not always be the most academic scientists."
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"The question is who is going to get the funding first."
"There is lots of funding going into interdisciplinary research, so let us know what you want," says Sadhana Sharma of BBSRC.
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