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with David Mendes, PhD

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Rebranding the PhD with Chris Humphrey

Download “Tools for Your PhD Journey” Now ! Welcome to Season 2 of Papa PhD! To kick-start this second season of interviews, I’m bringing you someone who has been...

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Saison 2 Épisode zéro

Téléchargez la “Boîte à outils pour le doctorat” maintenant ! Transcription de l’épisode : Salut! C’est moi, David ! Si tu viens de découvrir Papa PhD, bienvenue ! La...

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Season 2 Episode Zero

Download “Tools for Your PhD Journey” Now ! Episode transcript: Hi! David here!  If you’re new to Papa PhD, welcome! Season 2 of the podcast is almost here –...

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Season Finale – Danni Reches – Part 2 – Work, Life, and Podcasting as a PhD Researcher

Download “Tools for Your PhD Journey” Now ! Welcome to this Papa PhD season finale, a special collab with the What Are You Going to Do With That podcast....

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Season Finale – Danni Reches – Part 1 – Building Your Path In the Social Sciences

Download “Tools for Your PhD Journey” Now ! Welcome to this Papa PhD season finale, a special collab with the What Are You Going to Do With That podcast....

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Regard sur une saison de Papa PhD – Conversations, réflexions et grandes lignes

Téléchargez la “Boîte à outils pour le doctorat” maintenant ! Transcription de l’épisode : Bonjour à tous ! Nous arrivons à la fin de la première saison de Papa...

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Looking Back On A Season of Papa PhD – Conversations, Reflections, and Common Themes

Download “Tools for Your PhD Journey” Now ! Episode transcript: Hi there! We’re reaching the end of season one of Papa PhD and today, I just wanted to thank...

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SciComm Roundtable – Part 3 – Can policy Makers Tip the Scales Hand in Hand With the Scientific Community?

This is the third and last part of the special series on science communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. The world is still very much fighting and trying to understand...

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SciComm Roundtable – Part 2 – The Role of Academics and Scientific Organizations in the Fight Against COVID-19

This is the second of a 3-part series that will close the first season of Papa PhD. The world is still very much fighting and trying to understand the...

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Featured Guests

Team Leader in banking

Dr Chris Humphrey is a project manager and careers consultant, and the founder of the popular careers website Jobs on Toast. Chris completed his PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of York in 1997, and held a post-doctoral fellowship there until 2000.

Since leaving academia, Chris has worked as a project and programme manager in the private sector, specialising in technology, transport, financial services and sustainability. Today he works as a team leader and project manager for a leading European sustainable bank.

PhD Researcher - Podcast Host

Danni Reches is a PhD fellow and research associate at the Haifa Center for German and European Studies at the University of Haifa. She received her BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Danni also holds a BA certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies and an MA degree in Diplomacy, a specialization in International Relations, from the University of Haifa.

Data Scientist

Graydon has always loved numbers. His curiosity and his analytical mind brought him into the domain of chemistry, where he stayed up to his postdoc. Formerly a student of atmospheric chemistry, Graydon carried an interest in numbers between various pursuits. His hobbies include running and juggling, occasionally at the same time.

Scientifique des données

Jean-Sébastien Provost détient un doctorat en science biomédicale de l’Université de Montréal. Plus précisément, il a étudié la contribution des régions fronto-striatales dans les processus exécutifs en utilisant l’imagerie par résonance magnétique fonctionnelle. Après un postdoctorat et 3 années à travailler comme associé de recherche, il a fait le grand saut dans le milieu de l’industrie en tant que scientifique des données.

Project Officer at the EC

Athina Zampara comes from Greece and has lived and worked in Brussels, Belgium, for 10 years. Athina has an interdisciplinary educational background having studied Physics, History and Philosophy of Science, Italian language and Education. After a stint in the e-learning industry, she has worked as Project Manager and now holds a position as Project Officer in the European Public Administration.

Directeur de planétarium

Olivier Hernandez est astrophysicien et directeur du Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan à Montréal depuis mai 2018. Il a d’abord étudié pour devenir ingénieur avant de se tourner vers l’astrophysique et d’obtenir son doctorat de l’Université de Montréal et du laboratoire d’astrophysique de Marseille (France). Il a longtemps travaillé comme chercheur sur les galaxies et concepteur d’instruments astronomiques à l’Université de Montréal. En dehors du travail, Olivier aime aime le théâtre, cuisiner et regarder les étoiles!

Research Scientist

Zoë is an analytical scientist by background. She did her undergraduate in forensic science, before pursuing analytical chemistry, and going on to do her PhD research on the development of electrochemical sensors at the University of Warwick in the UK. She is now an R&D scientist in the water industry, having made the transition from academia to industry just over two years ago. Zoë is also an active mental health advocator, raising awareness around mental health in graduate school and beyond..

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 UsefulScience.org since 2018. 


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