(1) The Origins of Research (as we know it).

It was in the German universities of the early 19th century that the “institutionalization of discovery” was integrated with teaching for the first time, after which it extended to England and the United States. It is not so much about the fact that an institutionalized version of research happened for the first time in Germany, although that is also good to know, but more about the curiosity to know how research came to be organized particularly this way, as many of us know it today (e.g. why do we write a PhD thesis, how did a PhD defence come about, who came up with the research seminars series) and why teaching came to be assigned together with a research position? (to be continued).

Love during PhD

Inspired by the Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book “Love during Cholera”, the title suggests that love during PhD exists 🙂 Without further drama, I would like to share with you some Valentine’s Day confessions that were cordially sent by friends and colleagues, who during their PhD happen to find their love on the way and the stories go like that… I really wanted to share with you some thoughts about love for the research we do, but I leave that for another time..
p.s. considering the delicacy of the day, I hope these stories will warm up your heart (at least a little bit). Happy Valentine’s Day! however you celebrate it <3