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How to move lab
Moving labs can be a challenge. This collection of articles features scientists who have managed the move, formed new social groups, settled in to a new working environment and developed their careers.
The fastest way to become fluent in the language of a new scientific discipline is to embed yourself inside it and use it regularly, says Sarah Bohndiek.
Working alongside physicists made me a better science communicator, says Ken Kosik, and helped me to clarify knowledge gaps in my own field.
Karishma Kaushik thinks that learning to share details of her personal life at work has made her a better academic mentor.
Sam Illingworth explains how poetry can help to communicate and celebrate your science.
Alejandra Ortega explains the importance of working efficiently to make time for friends and fun.
Five scientists explain how they decided whether to move to another country for their work or studies
Weighing up the costs and benefits can help when mulling an international move.
Why some scientists choose to forgo promising careers abroad to return to their countries of birth.
Respect for what you and your colleagues bring to the table is vital to successful integration, says Melissa T. Miller.
Cultural differences can be both stimulating and challenging for researchers working or studying in a foreign country.
Short-term upheaval can yield widespread collaborations and long-term resources.
Political change is causing scientists worldwide to worry about how immigration law might affect their ability to do research.
Eight months after moving to New York City to start a postdoctoral position at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Jessica Sharrock offers advice to others considering an academic move abroad.
Postdocs considering an international move should plan early and allow plenty of time to adjust, says Atma Ivancevic.
Mette Bendixen and Lars Iversen found a creative solution to their ‘two-body problem’.
Faced with a need to move lab, scientists should consider as early as possible how to effect a smooth transition.
Crystal Romeo Upperman shares her advice after moving out of the lab and into the private sector.
Cristian Román-Palacios discusses how to deal with the bureaucracy and make a great case for yourself.
To beat the stiff competition, highlight your skills in collaboration, teamwork and meeting deadlines.
The US National Science Foundation is expanding an internship programme for graduate students.
Big US report documents increases in international collaboration and Chinese science output.
Morale, money or moving house can all be reasons for switching labs mid-project. Kendall Powell learns from those who have made the jump with success.
The chemist talks about her work at a Beijing research institute, and about equality in Chinese science.
Researchers working outside their home country should be careful to brush up on local customs.
Whether your lab lease has expired or it's simply time for more space, moving entails more than just boxes and duct tape.