The promise of great science, new people, different cultures, more funding opportunities, and more coins in the pocket are just some of the reasons why many Canadian postdocs are leaving their homeland each year. In the coming weeks, we will hear from several Canadians who have left our soil for greener pastures. They'll write about how they arranged their postdocs. And they'll describe how the time they've spent abroad has affected their careers and, ultimately, their decision to either return or remain in voluntary exile.

Dana Schroeder is enjoying her postdoc in sunny San Diego after many cold Calgary winters. Dana writes about how she views the funding situation in Canada as a major bottleneck in her career plans.

Kathy Borden is a seasoned traveler, having completed her Ph.D. at Yale and done postdocs in the U.K. at the National Institute for Medical Research and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. She writes about one the most difficult decisions she's ever made, the choice to stay in Canada or move to the United States.

Daniel Durocher did his postdoc at the University of Cambridge and immediately fell in love with the British way of life. Daniel's story tells how, after much debate and some good fortune, he found himself starting up his own lab in Toronto.

Graham Dellaire has spent quite a bit of time in Edinburgh pondering how Canadian scientists working abroad find gainful employment back in Canada. As a "drainee" hoping to return, Graham will offers his insight on the impact the Canadian Institutes of Health Research has had on scientists abroad, his efforts to help fellow expat colleagues find jobs, and a retrospective of his career thus far.