In addition to the SciComm programs, I advocate for positive change in the academic environment, both on social media and in real life. From December 2018, I am a co-chair of the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association, that organizes career-development and community-building programs for postdocs. I try to draw our community attention to a problem of mental health in academia, to make this environment healthier for future generations.
During the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2019 I had a chance to discuss the topic of aiming for a career in science with 3 Nobel Laureates in Physics Donna Strickland, Bill D. Phillips, and Wolfgang Ketterle, a young scientist and advocate for diversity Niamh Kavanagh, and STEM career consultant Alaina G. Levine.
My blog post and video about Imposter Syndrome.
When @BerkeleyLab director supports you in open discussion about difficulties of the academic job market!💪👏Our community needs influential people to change the mindset of seeing leaving academia as a failure. Science needs its advocates following varied career paths. Thank you! https://t.co/Llscz6UAvK— Dr. Maria Żurek (@mariakzurek) July 13, 2019