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, fellow 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