Whilst the academic landscape is undoubtedly changing, evidence still suggests that research remains a highly competitive, strenuous and lonely profession. According to Nature, a 2019 study revealed that “more than one-third of respondents (36%) said that they have sought help for anxiety or depression caused by their PhD studies”, a third of which sought this help from places other than their own institution.
Scientistt was set up to combat this very issue, unlike current platforms aimed at academics to submit preprints, Scientistt provides a platform for a community of passionate students and researchers to connect with others, voice their opinions, and get recognition for their work.
Scientistt is a free networking platform, where content is created by members of the community, so the realities of research life are open for all to see. With no subscription model in place, we hope to build a global community that is credible and accessible to all, making it the go-to site in which universities and institutions refer their students.
Interestingly however, the same study highlights that the vast majority of students are satisfied with their decision to undertake a PhD, finding most enjoyment through the intellectual challenge of their studies.
What might this mean? Well, first of all, there is nothing wrong with a PhD. In fact, it clearly
presents itself as a hugely rewarding step in the career path of any aspiring academic. But, it also demonstrates there is still a lack of transparency regarding research life.
In addition to engaging blog content, the platform allows users to create and join interest based groups, follow pages that offer research-orientated services, find job opportunities using the job board, and search for conferences and events in their area. There is also the opportunity to sign up for our weekly virtual networking events, that include short talks from academic and industry professionals, as well as advice sessions led by current members.
You can check out the platform at https://www.scientistt.net/, and follow our progress on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_scientistt.
Callum Elson, Marketing (Graduated Durham University, 2020)
Other team members: Hassan Mahmudul, Founder. (Completed Research Masters, Durham,
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