Good advice from #WiA

On the 10th of every month we host a Twitterchat on topics of interest for #WomenInAcademia (#WiA). Along the way we’ve collected some good advice, tips and tricks…

Let us know if there are any topics you’d like us to discuss in our Twitterchat! You can get in touch with us at or via @DocDamsels (also keep sending us your amazing achievements with #citeyourself!)

Travel and Academia

  1. Why do you travel? For fieldwork/ conferences or sabbaticals..?
  2. Do you go out of your way to find travel opportunities or would you rather stay home?
  3. What are the pros and cons of traveling for research?


1. I travel to visit neuroscientists and psychologists in their labs because it allows me to understand all of their research (not just the 10% that gets published), to get updates on the research (instead of waiting 3 years for it be published) and to understand the motivations and burning questions that drive their work. Also there is no better incentive to review a researchers work effectively than having a scheduled face to face meeting with them – Anita Collins (@bb_brains).

2. I go out of my way to email researchers and request a meeting which usually means travelling around the world. I have interviewed almost 100 researchers and only one has said no and that is because she changed her plans and wasn’t going to be at her lab. When I secure the meeting I get excited but in the end travelling is hard work and sometimes I would rather stay at home. But that is because it is easier; we need to do hard things to broaden our horizons – Anita Collins (@bb_brains).

3. Often it costs a lot of our own money and there is a tension between how much of my own money I feel I should spend to enhance my own career and what do I expect (and what is the reality) in terms of support I believe my university should be enhancing. I have to spend time away from my family and young daughter and the travel is usually very squashed between teaching commitments – Anita Collins (@bb_brains).

And an interesting article from @wishcrys on traveling academics here.

Healthy habits for coping with the PhD


What helps you get through the trials and tribulations of recruitment/ admin/ interviewing/ data collection/ analysis/ and the eternal write up…?

Managing the PhD and a side hustle

  1. What is your side hustle? Is it related to your future research/ career?
  2. How do you manage both? (Asking for a friend…)


1. Side hustle is a good way to earn extra cash, network, build some alternatives for your career, and it gives us a good change of pace from the ol’ PhD. There are some amazing women in academia doing all sorts of interesting side hustle – check out our interviews with Anita and Andrea as a start!

2. Managing multiple roles can be trick but rewarding – some good tips here!

We’d also be interested to know if people have been supported in their side hustle by their universities/ supervisors…?