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Six Streets Below Harlem

A few days ago my father in law passed away. We knew he was not well, but the news of his death was a terrible shock on all of us. I...

Markov chain

“A Markov chain is a stochastic model describing a sequence of possible events in which the probability of each event depends only on...

The unexpected interview

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Kristiane Bernhard-Novotny, the CERN Courier associate editor,asking me if she could...

Behind the scenes

There are few things that I enjoy more in life than watching behind the scenes documentaries. Some of my favorites are the creation of a...

(Quantum) Chromodynamics

This year is the first time since quite a while that I am not taking a holiday. I did not have a winter holiday either as I was preparing...

Can you hear me? I can hear you!

A few days ago, I caught myself thinking about the concept of mentorship and mentors in particular. To be honest I hated the word...

Are there questions or comments ?

I recently attended a major conference in High Energy Physics called ICHEP. It was held in beautiful Bologna (Italy). The conference is...

Childcare at conferences

This will be a short one - it’s fantastic. I am attending the ICHEP conference in Bologna (Italy) with my partner and our 4 year old. I...

My dad is smarter than my mum

Or so I truly believed. Both my parents are doctors. My dad works in his private practice mostly and a clinic, he is an OBYN, he delivers...

Know thyself

I wrote the text below for two reasons. One, I had the chance to discuss with young colleagues of mine within a forum called the “Laura...

Track, review, keep or toss.

Isn’t being overwhelmed one of the nastiest nemesis of (young) academics? The field appears to favour, select and push “all around”...