My name is Pauline Fritsch. I’m from Grenoble’s region in France 🇫🇷. I had the chance to complete my PhD in neurobiology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland 🇨🇭, in the lab of Prof. Simon Sprecher, from 2013 to 2017. I studied the visual system of Drosophila larvae, looking at their neural network and learning&memory capacities. 🧠 Quite nice, right? :) For more details, have a look at my LinkedIn profile.

I really love biology and research. I’ve long been fascinated by neuroscience, and I really enjoyed working in this field throughout my studies. I am proud of what I accomplished in my PhD and I am grateful to my supervisor who is still highly supporting me today in my blog project and career choices.

Through my PhD, I lost myself in the heaviness of the academic system where we are buried under research + teaching + admin duties, and a system which all together makes everyone feeling so insecure (getting funding, getting a stable position, moving between countries, work/life balance, dealing with stress, impostor syndrome…).

I think that not only students but actually all academics would highly benefit from earlier and better training in project management, human resource management, team work and team communication skills, time management and other basic work organization skills.

For me, public research is a main source of positive development in our world. In order to succeed in their research, academics need to have a safe and empowering environment to work in.

I was inspired by a doctoral program, which provided me with such work organization skills on top of classical academic skills like academic writing. It also allowed me to meet many PhD students from various fields and to hear about their ups and downs in their own journey.

This is how I got the idea and the will to start this blog, Academiac.net, to share what helped me through the doctoral process in the hope to help other early career researchers. Sharing my experience and what I witnessed from others. Also sharing tips and information to help navigate the academic world.

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