We live in an age where
working in science or engineering offers tremendous
professional opportunities - the pace of scientific
development is truly breathtaking. Yet many researchers
struggle with the pressures of the fast-paced academic
workplace, and struggle to harmonize their work and personal
lives. The result can be burnout, exhaustion, and stress on
a personal level, and difficulty in recruiting and retaining
talented, diverse people to science and engineering. This
book, written for graduate students and researchers at all
stages of their careers, aims to help scientists by
identifying and questioning the core beliefs that drive a
culture of overwork, and provides real-world examples and
exercises for those wishing to do things differently.
Written in a lively narrative style, and including interview
excerpts from practicing scientists, social scientists, and
engineers, this book serves as a guide for those seeking to
practice the seven traits of the joyful scientist.
Makes the reader aware of the personal and collective
beliefs about what it means to be a successful scientist.
Offers practical suggestions and ideas for leading a
balanced life while thriving in a scientific career.
Offers anecdotes from scientists that illustrate and
deepen the material covered.
Exercises invite the reader to reflect and explore
alternative approaches to living the life of a scientist
We see many cases of
colleagues who courageously take scientific and
(One of the book's illustrations that are made by Janwillem Snieder.)