Meetings had been something that were quite alien to me until I came to Rothamsted. I think it depends on the size and dynamic of your research group. When I was at Sheffield University, our group was very small and meetings was just something that we didn’t really do. But now meetings have gone to the other end of the scale, I have a minimum of one a week!! Continue reading
I’ve come up with a genius idea which I think could help with the wellbeing of fellow Rothamsted colleagues as well as benefitting my own work of course. It brings together a great science stress buster and the necessity of clearing out my experiments.
Pot throwing!! Continue reading
The day to day life of a technician is very varied, which is what I love about the job but there is one thing that governs our day, possibly more than the tasks we need to achieve. And that is break times!!! Continue reading
Quite how it has got to February already I am not sure but this is one of the first moments I have had chance to sit down in front of my computer and pen my latest post. Many like to ease themselves gently into work after the jollity and frivolity of Christmas but not Team Efficient!! Continue reading
Some of you may have noticed on my blog description that all these posts about technician life are described as ramblings of a ‘boundary spanner’. But what on earth is one of those? And you’d be right to ask this question! Continue reading
Since speaking to you last, our 3000 pots have been joined by a further experiment containing 7100 pots. As you may remember from my last post Big experiments!! we are only really happiest when there are pots numbering into 4 figures!! But this many individuals in science causes a problem: the importance of being random. Continue reading
Just taking a break from writing plant labels and thought I’d expand on my last post which hinted at the large experiments that we undertake here at Rothamsted. I think our philosophy is ‘why have a few hundred pots when you could have a few thousand’. And a few thousand is what we’ve got… Continue reading