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Paulo Oliveira – Interfacing With the Public and With Industry as a Researcher

Join the Papa PhD Postgraduate Career Exploration Group! What does glitter have to do with mitochondria? This episode’s guest, Paulo Oliveira, might just have the answer for you. And...

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Liliana Vitorino – Making the Choices That Are Good For You

Join the Papa PhD Postgraduate Career Exploration Group! The thought of transitioning into your professional life can be daunting at times. What is expecting me on the other side?...

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Falisha Karpati – Finding Your Place and Thriving in the AltAc Space

Join the Papa PhD Postgraduate Career Exploration Group! We always want to project into the future as the best possible version of ourselves. But we often fall into the...

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Career Conversations – Setting Standards and Knowing Your Worth as a Researcher

Join the Papa PhD Postgraduate Career Exploration Group! Deciding to embark on graduate studies can be a big step to take. For a lot of you out there, it...

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Pedro Resende – When The Choices You Don’t Make Take You Where You Want to Go

Join the Papa PhD Postgraduate Career Exploration Group! They say “if  life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” But what if life gives you the proverbial lemons, you press them,...

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Inês Thomas Almeida – A Winding Journey From Biology to Musicology

Join the Papa PhD Postgraduate Career Exploration Group! We’re fresh into a new year, and this time of year is one of re-evaluation, decision-taking, and renewal for a lot...

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Papa PhD Pearls of Wisdom – 2019 Season

Join the Papa PhD Postgraduate Career Exploration Group! For the last episode of the 2019 season of Papa PhD, instead of an  interview, we’re bringing you some of the...

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Joana Lobo Antunes – Crossing Borders Across Countries and Fields of Study

Join the Papa PhD Postgraduate Career Exploration Group! Life isn’t a straight line. In particular, professional life is not as much of a straight line as it was in...

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Fábio Rosa, Gil Costa, Patrícia Monteiro – Taking Opportunities and Blazing Your Own Trail

Join the Papa PhD Postgraduate Career Exploration Group! This episode is a special one – it was recorded live with three guests who were speakers at the 2019 edition...

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Featured Guests

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.

Science Communicator, Consultant

James loves science and loves teaching. After his PhD, he dove head first into the realm of media production and science communication, where he found his calling. Today, he helps scientists and institutions take ownership of how their science is disseminated and potrayed on the media. This allows him to keep abreast of what’s happening in science while teaching and helping others. 

Journaliste Scientifique

Valérie aime l’escalade. Elle aime aussi sortir de sa zone de confort et explorer des domaines et des espaces qui ne lui sont pas familiers. Après un long trajet scientifique menant au post-doctorat, elle a décidé de plonger dans le milieu de la rédaction et du journalisme scientifique, dont elle fait aujourd’hui sa profession.

Consultant, Chercheur

Francis veut aider les gens âgés en soins adaptés depuis longtemps. Cet objectif l’accompagne depuis son baccalauréat et il l’a suivi jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Pour en faire sa profession, il a fait des études, rejoint des gens dans le domaine et a tracé un parcours académique qui l’a outillé en conséquence et a développé des collaborations avec des chercheurs du domaine.

Science Journalist, Chief Editor

Clarissa has had an artistic vein since a young age. The calling of nature and the great outdoors led her to studies in geology and microarchaeology. Eventually, she found her way into the science publishing space where she acquired skills in editing and writing. Today, amongst other things, she is chief editor of an online magazine deling with the intersection of science and art.

Communicatrice Scientifique

Élodie est une communicatrice. Et elle est passionnée par la science et sa vulgarisation. Avec un doctorat et des recherches postdoctorales en neuroscience, sa vie professionnelle a pris un tournant quand elle a reçu un courriel à propos d’un festival de vulgarisation scientifique. Depuis, elle met à profit ses talents en matière de communication scientifique au service de la communauté et de la connaissance.

Researcher, Science Communicator

Paulo’s scientific passion is mitochondria. Ever since he fell in love with the organelle cell’s powerhouse, he not only focused his research on it, but eventually went on to start a business around it, too. And today, he’s topping all of that up with a series of science outreach initiatives where he brings knowledge about mitochondria and his research to the community around him.


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.

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