PrC1 How to become a Scientist


In this practical course we will cover the following issues:

-Visions Out of Our Senses:
Trying to define personal claims and goals for this course out of your experiences with sciences and scientists

-Collect and interpret Data on three Topics:
A Scientist: We try to come to a common perception of what characterises “a Scientist” and which phenotypes of “a Scientist” we observe. Based on these insights you figure out which type of scientist you would prefer to become.
Become: How might the way of becoming that scientist look like in detail? We will get a little deeper into the process of transformation making a scientist of the desired type emerge.
How to: Finally we work out, which “Know How” (and “Know Why”) is needed to walk that way. Which skills are crucial, which tools and mindset might be helpful to succeed in transforming into “a Scientist” - in general and particularly for you?

-Syntheses of Insights on how to become a scientist:
Try to contrast you insights with your former defined claims and review your goals. With a personal outlook on your next steps you will be fostered in transformation into your favourite type of scientist.


- Reflect on various concepts of “Being a Scientist” appealing to you personally;
- Visualise possible ways to become a scientist, discuss options and challenges;
- Pimp up you toolbox with academic and creative writing and thinking tools and a “First Aid Kit” for procrastinators;
- Sketch your personal strategy and plan next concrete steps of your transformation into “a Scientist”:



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Instructor information.

Birgit Peterson

University of Vienna