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Maryse Thomas – Part 2 – Science Communication in Academia

In Part 2 of my interview with Maryse Thomas, we talk about the role scientists can play in disseminating sound scientific information. We also discuss the and how...

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Maryse Thomas – Part 1 – Enriching Your Graduate School Experience

In this episode, we’re going to talk with Maryse Thomas, Director of the Useful Science website and podcast, about science communication and popularization, and about how it can enrich...

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Nathalie Ross – Part 2 – Building a Career in Scientific and Medical Writing

In the second part of my conversation with Nathalie Ross, we discussed what brought her to the regulatory affairs domain and I asked her to describe in more detail...

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Nathalie Ross – Part 1 – A Path to Regulatory Writing

The COVID-19 pandemic we’re going through as this episode is airing has made us more aware than ever of how complex and time-consuming it is to study, test, and...

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Anne-Hélène Dupont – Partie 2 – Enseigner, écrire, publier en sciences humaines

Dans la deuxième partie de notre entrevue, Anne-Hélène nous parle de comment s’est déroulé pour elle le passage au marché du travail et de ce qu’elle fait aujourd’hui. Elle...

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Anne-Hélène Dupont – Partie 1 – Le trajet professionnel en lettres

Cette semaine, Papa PhD ouvre une fenêtre sur les lettres. Comment se passe un doctorat en littérature? Est-ce qu’il y a des bourses? Et quelles sont les emplois auxquels...

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Jonathan Weitzman – Part 2 – Preparing Students For Their Professional Life

In part two of our conversation, Jonathan Weitzman talks about how he envisions career building in academia and talks about different projects he’s championed at the Université de Paris...

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Jonathan Weitzman – Part 1 – Enriching Your Academic Career

Even academic and professional paths that look straighforward from afar and in hindsight were built on highs and lows, opportunities, obstacles, time-outs. Today’s conversation illustrates this perfectly and shows...

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Martin Primeau – Partie 2 – La réalité professionnelle en communication scientifique

Dans cette deuxième partie de l’entrevue avec Martin Primeau, on a discuté plus en détail de la profession de communicateur scientifique dans le milieu journalistique et dans un milieu...

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Featured Guests

Postdoctoral Researcher, Science Communicator

Maryse Thomas is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Massachussets Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Originally from Montreal, she received her PhD at McGill University in the field of auditory neuroscience. Maryse is interested in digital media and science communication and has been the Director of the website since 2018. 

Science and Medical Writer

Nathalie Ross, former research scientist, is a bilingual (French & English) Medical and Regulatory writer with over 15 years of experience. Her curriculum also includes Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs at Mapi, where she managed a large number of drug and medical device applications for Health Canada and the FDA in a wide spectrum of therapeutic areas (cardiovascular, dentistry, gastrointestinal, oncology, orthopaedic, paediatrics, and plastic surgery).

Chef du Contenu

Docteure en littérature française et bachelière en anthropologie, Anne-Hélène est une passionnée des mots, mais aussi d’enseignement dans le domaine des lettres. Sa vie professionnelle est bien remplie, alliant les rôles de chef de contenu dans une agence, d’enseignante de littérature au niveau callégial et de tutrice en littérature et en rédaction au niveau universitaire.

Professor, Science Communicator

Jonathan loves epigenetics and loves teaching. And he loves trying his hand at new things and learning new skills. Having had a fairly straightforward academic journey towards professorship, he is candid about having had moments of disilusionment when he went and tested other waters. Today, his research and his teaching are only made more interesting for it.

Communicateur Scientifique

Martin a une attraction de longue date pour le journalisme. Durant son doctorat en biologie cellulaire, il a décroché la bourse Fernand Séguin qui l’a propulsé dans la profession de journaliste et lui a permis de goûter aux différents types de médias et de plateformes. Aujourd’hui, il met ses compétences à profit au sein d’une grande institution universitaire.

Researcher, Science Communicator

Susanna’s passion for science and science communication is only surpassed by her will to help other academics find solutions for their mental health issues. Having just defended her PhD thesis, she has also built a community where, with a groups of liekminded scientists, she fosters sharing and discussion around this sensitive theme.

Learning & Development | Career Advisory

In her “past life”, Inês was President of the Ethics in Health Committee in the Portuguese Health Parliament and worked in the FMCG and Pharma industries. She has a Master in Medicine and is a Practitioner in NLP and has a strong sense of mission when it comes to helping others identify and fulfill their life and professional goals.

Journaliste et recherchiste scientifique

Carine aime être dans l’action et dans la rencontre. Le plaisir qu’elle prend à comprendre et à expliquer la science l’ont menée, pendant et après son doctorat, à participer à différents projets en lien avec la vulgarisation scientifique, en radio et à la télé. Aujourd’hui, Carine en a fait sa profession et sa mission.


In my continued search for new science podcasts, I happened upon Papa PhD, hosted and produced by its creator David Mendes. This podcast has wonderful interviews with those who’ve completed their PhD’s where they talk about what brought them to the path they are currently on in their career. When it comes to thinking about networking and thinking outside the box as far as next steps after your PhD program, this is the podcast to subscribe to.Read article here.

Suzanne C. Miller – Managing Editor, Integrative & Comparative Biology