All posts by Brian Cahill

Brian Cahill is an engineer working in the field of bioprocess technology. He was Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association between 2016 and 2018. Through his work in MCAA, he became active in the field of research policy and representing the interests of early-to-mid career researchers. He has recently been elected to the Governing Board of EuroScience. Brian received his PhD for work in electrokinetically-driven fluid flow from the ETH Zurich in 2004. He is currently a researcher working on measurement techniques for droplet-based microfluidics at the Institute of Bioprocessing and Analytical Measurement Techniques in Heilbad Heiligenstadt (Germany).

Increasing awareness of researcher mental health

Recently, there has been an increasing amount of attention paid to the mental health of researchers. Research is an activity that aims to confront the boundaries of human knowledge: it demands excellence from all researchers, who aim to publish in peer-reviewed publications, submit grant applications, achieve tenure or defend a PhD thesis. Researchers identify with and are dedicated to their work to a very great extent. A recent report noted that researchers simultaneously demonstrate high levels of job satisfaction and high levels of stress and depression. Nevertheless, hard work does not have to lead to suffering. Read more [...]