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 CV here.

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.

After graduating, I had the opportunity to go traveling while working online, which provided me with the time to start this blog! After 18 months of such digital nomad life in Asia, I am back in Switzerland since mid-2019. And as of early 2020, I am now happily coordinating a doctoral program in biology at the University of Neuchâtel! :)

Importantly: this blog is my independent activity, it is fully independent from the University of Neuchâtel. In other words: views are my own.

During my PhD, I realized that somehow the academic system is making all researchers feeling so insecure (getting funding, getting a stable position, moving between countries, work/life balance, dealing with stress, impostor syndrome…).

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 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 crucial work organization skills.

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.

On this blog, I talk about #SoftSkills, #Career and #MentalHealth for PhD students because I think these subjects are linked. Check out all my articles here!

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What about the pictures on this site? These are some lucky shots from myself or my life partner, they are not really related to the articles’ texts, they’re just pretty! :)