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Extended Episode Opened: Don’t Sleep Faster! – with Lars Dittrich

We open our exclusive extended edition podcast episodes on Patreon to the public after a 7 month embargo.

Arnold Schwarzenegger famously (and half-jokingly) proclaimed that if you need more than 6 hours of sleep, you should sleep faster. Many successful people claim to sleep very little and use the extra time to be productive.

But is this sound advise? I talked with Dr. Lars Dittrich, neuroscientist and former sleep researcher, about sleep.

Lars answers questions like What does sleep do? How is it regulated? What are the side-effects of acute and chronic sleep deprivation? How do I know if I sleep enough? How could sleep research inform policies and business practices?

about Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis founded Science for Progress. He received a PhD in neuroscience in 2010 in Germany. Until 2018 he worked as a postdoc in the USA, and Portugal. In 2017 he co-organized the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal. Dennis is currently a freelancer.

Full Extended Open: Anonymity in Peer Review, @sfprocur Anniversary & #ScienceTwitter – with Bart and Dennis

Bart and I were having a blast, we talked about a lot of things, but the main parts are about anonymity in peer review, and science on twitter. Including a couple of tangents 😉

about Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis founded Science for Progress. He received a PhD in neuroscience in 2010 in Germany. Until 2018 he worked as a postdoc in the USA, and Portugal. In 2017 he co-organized the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal. Dennis is currently a freelancer.

AltMetrics: A Better Way to Evaluate Research(ers)? (whole conversation) – Now open to everybody!

I talked with Steffen Lemke about “AltMetrics”, which aim to complement citation based metrics such as the Journal Impact Factor that we talked about, previously. These “alternative metrics” use data from the world wide web, such as mentions on social media, or software usage on platforms such as GitHub.

Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages that altmetrics provide, and the feasibility of application!

Final version: 21 Altmetrics: A Better Way to Evaluate Research(ers)? – with Steffen Lemke

about Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis founded Science for Progress. He received a PhD in neuroscience in 2010 in Germany. Until 2018 he worked as a postdoc in the USA, and Portugal. In 2017 he co-organized the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal. Dennis is currently a freelancer.

PhD Life Insecurity – with Maria Pinto: Full Conversation now Public!

Life as an early career researcher in academia is full of uncertainties: Low pay, high expectations to sacrifice personal life and international mobility, short-term contracts, and high competition for funding and long-term positions characterize the path from PhD to professorship. Is it all worth it? Do I have the skills for an industry job? What would I want to do outside academia? The answers depends on who you are and what your personal situation is.

about Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis founded Science for Progress. He received a PhD in neuroscience in 2010 in Germany. Until 2018 he worked as a postdoc in the USA, and Portugal. In 2017 he co-organized the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal. Dennis is currently a freelancer.

Now Open to the Public: Complete Conversation of Episode 18, B&D Animal Use and Statistics of Equivalence

In this episode, Bart and Dennis discuss the use of animals in research, and a new statistical method that may allow publishing previously unpublishable research results.

about Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis founded Science for Progress. He received a PhD in neuroscience in 2010 in Germany. Until 2018 he worked as a postdoc in the USA, and Portugal. In 2017 he co-organized the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal. Dennis is currently a freelancer.

Complete Conversation: From PhD to SciComm – Deboki Chakravarti

I spoke with Dr. Deboki Chakravarti about transitioning from a PhD to science communication. Dekobi recently received her PhD in bioengineering for her research on fighting cancer. But she had already decided to leave academia and instead move into a career as science communicator. Leveraging her experience as a YouTuber, Deboki did an internship with Scientific American.

about Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis founded Science for Progress. He received a PhD in neuroscience in 2010 in Germany. Until 2018 he worked as a postdoc in the USA, and Portugal. In 2017 he co-organized the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal. Dennis is currently a freelancer.

Complete Conversation: Animal Wellbeing in Research – With Nuno Henrique Franco

This is the complete conversation I recorded with Dr. Nuno Henrique Franco on Animal Wellbeing in research. We talk about why we do animal research, which ways there are to avoid animal research, the policies surrounding animal use and housing, EU legislature, and outreach approaches to inform the public.

Dr. Nuno Henrique Franco is Assistant Researcher at the Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, i3S (Institute for Investigation and Innovation in Health) at the University of Porto, Portugal. His research focuses on laboratory animal welfare, along with ethical, legal, social and scientific issues in animal research.  

about Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis founded Science for Progress. He received a PhD in neuroscience in 2010 in Germany. Until 2018 he worked as a postdoc in the USA, and Portugal. In 2017 he co-organized the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal. Dennis is currently a freelancer.

EXTENDED Episode Released: B&D talk: SciComm, Publishing, and Genetic Modification

The extended episodes of our podcast are only available for Patrons for the first 7 months before they are made public.

In this episode we talk about a new “overlay” journal, which circumvents a couple of sources for Conflicts of Interests. We then discuss whether every scientists needs to be involved in science communication, especially whether they should be forced to write a jargon-free abstract for lay people. And finally we talk about genetically modified crops, animals, and humans!

about Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis founded Science for Progress. He received a PhD in neuroscience in 2010 in Germany. Until 2018 he worked as a postdoc in the USA, and Portugal. In 2017 he co-organized the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal. Dennis is currently a freelancer.

EXTENDED Episode released: Visiting the Recovering Academic Podcast – full conversation

The overwhelming majority of PhD holders will not find a permanent position in academia. Recovering Academic is a podcast by three former scientists who left academia. In the podcast they talk about the difficulties academics face when transitioning out of the apparent safety of the Ivory Tower. As a “recovering academic” myself, I suggested a crossover episode.

This is the complete conversation with only little clean up. Recovering Academic also already published their final version here: https://recoveringacademic.net/season-3-episode-4-interview-with-dennis-eckmeier/

about Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis founded Science for Progress. He received a PhD in neuroscience in 2010 in Germany. Until 2018 he worked as a postdoc in the USA, and Portugal. In 2017 he co-organized the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal. Dennis is currently a freelancer.

EXTENDED Episode released: Meritocracy in Academia

Hey! This is the first director’s cut episode with co-host Bart Geurten! Because it is being shared and discussed quite a bit, we discuss episode 9, where Björn Brembs explained to us the impact of JIF on academia.

It is somewhat long even for a director’s cut. Let me know what you think!

about Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis founded Science for Progress. He received a PhD in neuroscience in 2010 in Germany. Until 2018 he worked as a postdoc in the USA, and Portugal. In 2017 he co-organized the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal. Dennis is currently a freelancer.

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