It could take years to reveal the true impact of closed borders, cancelled travel plans and vaccine delays.
Coronavirus and scientific careers
This collection of resources offers advice from Nature’s global community of working scientists on how to cope with the coronavirus’ impact on scientific careers.
Starting a research group as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across the world presented extra challenges.
If you’re starting a doctoral programme later this year, particularly if your institution is still facing COVID-19 restrictions, Ciara O’Brien has some advice.
Students share lessons and skills they have learnt during COVID.
Researchers worldwide have turned to analysing data, planning experiments and writing and reviewing more papers as their lab time has been disrupted, a global survey finds.
Family responsibilities incurred by shutdowns — and existing bias — disrupted the mental health, productivity and work–life balance of US female academic scientists, finds study.
Remote working, research delays and childcare obligations are taking their toll on scientists, causing stress and anxiety.
Scientific labs worldwide struggle to find enough sterile gloves and other basics as supply and manufacturing chains break down.
Trapped in a holding pattern, and nostalgic for lab lunches and field trips, researchers share their hopes for a lockdown-free future.
With his lab closed, Saurja DasGupta had the time to write his first review as sole author. It was rejected. But he persisted, and learnt a lot.
Climate scientists recommend ways to boost the value of virtual conferences and reduce carbon footprints even when travel curbs ease.
Researchers reflect on a challenging pandemic year and on how lockdowns changed their approach to work and their perceptions of the scientific enterprise.
A look at apps that predict the chance of infection and illness depending on what you’re doing and where you are.
After his lab shut down, Shubham Tanwar turned to his reading list to banish ‘why doesn’t my experiment work’ frustration.
Here’s how to build your professional support team when you can’t meet others in person.
Early-career scientists who are members of minority ethnic groups or struggle financially explain how institutions and funders can provide support.
Researchers and officials reveal how the pandemic has shifted the country’s scientific landscape and global reputation.
As COVID-19 restrictions continue to upend plans for data collection, scientists stuck at home are finding innovative ways to adapt their research questions. Here’s what they’re doing.
Scientists who aren’t virologists or vaccinologists can still make crucial contributions to the global effort to battle SARS-CoV-2.
Enrolment in US graduate programmes by foreign students rose in 2019 after a two-year decline, but early numbers suggest that the uptick has halted.
Christie Sampson and Steven Vamosi were struck by the kindness of co-workers when coronavirus lockdowns began.
Face masks are vital to containing the spread of COVID, but lecturers and universities must find ways to be inclusive, say Olivier Pourret and Elodie Saillet.
Lukas Lehner wanted to capture how different economies are addressing COVID-19 challenges. His Twitter call-out helped to create a global directory of policy resources based on swarm intelligence, and led to a research project.
Nature’s survey of this key segment of the scientific workforce paints a gloomy picture of job-loss fears, interrupted research and anxiety about the future.
Staying connected with other single-parent academics through a Facebook group was one of four steps taken by Antica Culina to survive the lockdown.
As coronavirus infection and death rates explode across the nation, a survey reveals a marked increase in graduate and undergraduate students’ mental-health struggles.
Survey respondents experience depression, anxiety and programme delays.
Researchers share tips on how to juggle career obligations alongside childcare and home-schooling.
Researchers share how they have adapted fieldwork and collaborations in the face of travel bans and closed borders.
Deanna Montgomery realizes she doesn’t need to be at a laboratory bench to use her scientific experience — or to make a difference.
Conferences could become more affordable, international and inclusive if virtual events become ‘the new normal’.
Fernando T. Maestre was diagnosed with anxiety during Spain’s coronavirus lockdown. A change in approach to work, life and parenting helped to restore his health.
The pandemic is sabotaging the careers of researchers from under-represented groups, but institutions can help to staunch the outflow.
Academic administrators are mostly optimistic about the effects of COVID-19 on institutional finances, but others predict tough times.
Rob Salguero-Gómez shares how he made the most of lockdown by moving a planned laboratory retreat online.
Emily Sirotich’s involvement in a global alliance gave people with rheumatic diseases a driving seat in shaping research on how COVID-19 is affecting them.
Environmental scientist Sally Brown learnt to connect with others through talking rather than e-mailing, and to not fear asking dumb questions.
Advances in technology are accelerating the search for drugs to arm the immune system against SARS-CoV-2.
Some funders and journals are trying to support female researchers and others whose publications and positions are at risk.
Desiree Dickerson risked burning out while creating a series of online well-being workshops. During lockdown, she was forced to put her perfectionism in its place.
Anger and fear meet US government’s ‘unworkable’ move to deport international students who take only online classes
As institutions scale back in-person learning in response to COVID-19, a federal directive requires students from abroad to take on-campus classes or return home.
Why do garden plants suddenly become invasive? One scientist couple turned their balcony into a lab to find out.
Unable to afford medicines, utilities and housing, some students expect to suspend their doctoral programmes or drop out.
As lockdowns ease, Olivier Pourret hopes that academia will take on board lessons about how to redefine career success.
Engineer and roboticist Zach Ousnamer is helping to prepare NASA’s Perseverance rover for its launch to the red planet.
The pandemic is prompting some early-career researchers to rethink their hopes for a university post.
It started as a small group of friends. Now, hundreds of members around the world are channelling their skills to take on their country’s most pressing needs, say Johanna Figueira and Samir Rachid Zaim.
How to beat isolation? Academic feedback groups fit the bill, and promote growth as scholars and humans
Researchers share tips for supporting research and life at a distance.
I was cynical at first, but it’s proved a powerful tool, says Ellen J. Wehrens.
Clinical psychologist Luana Marques shares skills and advice to help scientists build resilience and mental and physical health.
With student enrolment projected to fall, some US and UK institutions have halted recruitment.
Abdelrahman Y. Fouda shares six things he learnt from interviewing online.
Scientists at the US agency offer advice about remote working, social isolation and quarantine.
Jokes about productivity hide the toxicity of academic ‘always on’ culture, says Daphne S. Ling.
How researchers can tackle an “infodemic” of hearsay, speculation and fake news.
When the coronavirus pandemic struck, field ecologist Nicholas Herrmann adopted a perspective inspired by experiences earlier in his PhD.
Scientists from both countries must rise above political rhetoric for the sake of all, says Xiao-Nong Zhou.
Google, Apple and researchers partner to build more secure and effective tools, but poor adoption could blunt efficacy.
Researchers are rushing to pool resources and data sets to tackle the pandemic, but the new era of openness comes with concerns around privacy, ownership and ethics.
COVID-19 has provided an opportunity to rethink the scientific conference. If online meetings become the norm, how can researchers make the most of them?
Scientists with fieldwork experience in remote areas share stories of social isolation, staying positive and eking out supplies.
Scientists have a responsibility to communicate effectively and compassionately, says Samantha Yammine. Here’s how.
Jyoti Mishra shares how she established a digital presence when she set up as an independent scientist.
Artificial-intelligence tool aims to reveal whether research findings are supported or contradicted by subsequent studies.
Neurobiologist Anne-Laure Mahul-Mellier has found life under lockdown harder than she thought.
Stay productive by setting a routine, identifying a workspace and getting dressed, says Melina Papalampropoulou-Tsiridou.
Data sharing, open-source designs for medical equipment, and hobbyists are all being harnessed to combat COVID-19.
Experiences of a first-time lecturer during the COVID-19 outbreak.
A nascent movement could gather pace as researchers discover more respectful ways of communicating, collaborating and publishing, says Gemma Derrick.
Canadian virologist Alyson Kelvin raced across the country to begin a collaboration to develop vaccines against COVID-19.
Li Hua is seeking drugs that can treat people infected with the coronavirus.
In the face of COVID-19 restrictions on daily life, scientist-parents describe their efforts to balance family and work duties.
If you struggle with home working but are having to do it because of the coronavirus, Lucy Taylor has some advice.
Staying at home is not an option for scientists working on potential vaccines or caring for research animals.
Colleagues facing closed labs and enforced social distancing need a different type of support. Mentors must change their approach, says Ruth Gotian.
Four researchers explain how they’re keeping going through the coronavirus pandemic.
Lei Su’s benchwork at Harvard University might have stopped — but thanks to careful preparation and collaboration tools, his team is keeping its research going.
Alyssa Frederick defended her thesis remotely before the coronavirus outbreak began. Here’s how.
In the first of two articles about laboratory closures triggered by COVID-19, scientists affected by the shutdowns outline the tools they are using to run their research groups remotely.
Feeling overwhelmed by a lockdown and the need to suddenly adopt e-learning? Keep connected and compassionate, says clinical psychologist Desiree Dickerson.
Universities are closing worldwide, forcing instructors to turn to remote teaching. Here’s some expert advice on how to embrace the digital classroom.