Five junior researchers share their thoughts on travel barriers

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A survey of over 200 junior researchers has revealled some of the key factors that get in the way of work travel early in a research career.

Now, five junior researchers have come forward to share their perspectives on the various travel blockers that their peers have identified.

1. Visas — Poonam Thakur, Post-doctoral Researcher

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Science is an international enterprise thriving on free exchange of ideas and global collaborations. Strict visa regulations and procedures have turned out to be a hindrance for researchers, especially those coming from developing or under-developed countries. …

We surveyed over 200 junior researchers to find out what’s holding them back

For researchers, career progression is linked with international travel. We already knew that junior researchers are less likely to travel than any other group, but we didn’t know why…that is, until now.

Over 200 of you came forward to share what was holding you back, and we saw a number of issues come up again and again.

Curious about why junior researchers travel less? Here’s everything you need to know.

1. Funding

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When asked to select the biggest barrier from a list, over 63% of you chose funding. In comments, some of you explained that even where funding does exist, more senior staff are generally prioritised for travel opportunities. …

Over 200 researchers took part in a survey into the barriers they face to travelling for work. We know that junior researchers are travelling less than any other group, but we wanted to find out why.

This is what we discovered:

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Learn more:

Stories: Researchers Share Their Stories of Travel Barriers

Analysis: Why Junior Researchers are Travelling Less

In numbers: Why Junior Researchers are Travelling Less

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