Navigating a career in academia: A personal path to understanding motion vision and what I learnt about life along the way
Welcome to an inspirational talk about life in academia and beyond with professor Karin Nordström (Flinders University, Australia)! Karin will share her personal journey and the ups and downs that come with a career as a researcher, as well as her advice to early-career researchers on how to navigate a career in academia.
Researchers are trained in how to build a strong research profile, pitch ideas, and convince funders that they are the most suitable to conduct a certain type of research. What is less discussed in academia are the difficult choices, the opportunities that are turned down, how life outside of academia affects one's path, and how passion for one's research can make it very challenging to strike a good work-life balance.
Karin Nordström, who defended her PhD at Lund University and is now a professor in Neuroscience at Flinders University in Australia, has worked extensively on understanding the mechanisms behind motion vision. In her talk, Karin will share her most important research results and what they mean to our understanding of motion vision, but she will also take us behind the scenes of life as a researcher and share an honest and personal reflection of her journey.
Format and Registration
The seminar will last approximately one hour including Q/A. After the seminar, at around 3 pm/15:00, participants have the opportunity to continue discussing career choices over cake and coffee with Karin and the other participants.
Registration: Please register for coffee/tea and cake no later than November 25 via link: https://forms.office.com/e/8MFkgkCx9e
Bio: Karin Nordström
Karin Nordström defended her PhD in 2003, supervised by Dan Nilsson in the Lund Vision Group and Dan Larhammar at Uppsala University, followed by a post doc with David O’Carroll at Adelaide University. She spent 2009-2015 at Uppsala University, as an independently funded Research Fellow establishing the Motion Vision group. Karin has been at Flinders University since 2015. She is currently a Matthew Flinders Professor in Neuroscience. Karin uses hoverflies to understand the mechanisms underlying motion vision. She is particularly interested in understanding how neural selectivity is achieved, and uses a range of techniques, including electrophysiology, quantitative behavior, field work, image manipulation and modelling.
The Agenda 2030 Graduate School and the Sustainability Forum.
Contact persons: Ylva van Meeningen ylva [dot] van_meeningen [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se and Terese Thoni terese [dot] thoni [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se.
About the event
Eden, room Ed236, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14, Lund
Early-career researchers (including PhD students and postdocs), but open to all interested.
terese [dot] thoni [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se