Lessons in leadership from outside the laboratory.
Early career researchers often face significant barriers to progress in their careers. Here’s how research leaders can help to build a better environment for others, and so strengthen science as a whole.
Help and advice
An opportunity to do a visiting fellowship in New Zealand meant Thomas Bennett had to manage his UK research group from afar — and so change his leadership approach.
A productive lab need not be a negative environment, says Fernando T. Maestre.
Getting hold of the right equipment can be costly, so here’s a primer for cash-strapped principal investigators.
A special issue on how to make lab groups productive, rigorous and happy.
Want to get the best research from your team? Take these six steps to invest in stronger relationships, urges Alison Antes.
A list of talking points can help with navigating potentially difficult topics and sticky negotiations.
Two researchers describe how they successfully manage a mentoring arrangement in which face-to-face meetings are rare.
Meet the supervisors
Nature’s 2018 mentoring awards focus on supportive senior researchers in the US South.
Knowing when to hand-hold and when to step back is crucial for helping early-career researchers.
Recognizing that fact could help researchers in their journey through their graduate studies, says one second-year PhD student.
I was lucky to have a PhD supervisor whose mentorship transformed my academic experience, says Emma Kathryn White.
Bela Z. Schmidt’s quest to understand an all-too-familiar career setback can be distilled into eight pieces of advice.
Universities should take responsibility to ensure professional science is performed in an environment that is supportive, productive and rigorous.
Scientists with first-hand experience of rejection offer their advice.
Six early-career researchers offer advice on how to secure a permanent contract in academia, and then make the most of it.
Asian researchers and engineers are too rarely made US science leaders, say Lilian Gomory Wu and Wei Jing
A Nature survey of 3,200 scientists reveals the tensions bubbling in research groups around the world.
Leadership skills need to be nurtured early in a career, say Toddi A. Steelman and Jeffrey J. McDonnell.