Research behind the science: the Methods & Strategies blog and podcast

Call to action! Are you a PhD student? A postdoc? Are you on track for getting tenure and becoming a professor? Have you started a new career outside academia or are you in the process of moving out of academia? Share your experience and be part of the Methods&Strategies podcast project! Read on to learn more about the project and listen to our latest interview.

In the modern society, communication among people has become a lot easier thanks to the constant development of new technologies and social media platforms. Despite this, there is still a big communication gap between scientists and public and it is often unclear about what the day-to-day life of research really entails. Reasons can be attributed to:

- the lack of information about all the steps that lead to the publication of new research

- the unknown ‘behind the scenes’ in the life of a researcher.

Methods&Strategies podcast, which is in both Italian and English, aims to enhance interactions between researchers and public through podcast interviews. Scientists, PhD students and postdocs are invited to share with the listeners their own personal experiences as a researcher and clarify some basic points regarding the world of science: How to find a PhD? What is a scientific paper? How is being a scientist different to having a ‘regular‘ job? How do you find work outside the research field?

Participating in the Methods&Strategies podcast will allow you to:

- Promote your own projects and MCAA

- Look for new collaborations

- Practice your communication skills

- Highlight if you are looking for a new job position

- Connect with other people inside and outside research

- Use the interview to update your resume and social working profile

Be Proactive! Bring your own personal and unique value to the world using your voice!

Podcast: The beauty of working in three different countries

Our guest in Episode 8 is Dr Chamini Mendis, Reader in Metallurgy at the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST). Dr Mendis is an experienced researcher and in this interview she shares the experiences that have led her to her current position.

If you would also like to be a researcher or you would like to learn more about metallurgy, well…you should listen to the interview with Chamini :-)

Chamini obtained her current position thanks to her acquisition of specialised knowledge gained by working in different countries (Australia, Japan, Germany) and publishing her research in relevant scientific journals, such as Materials Science and Engineering A and Acta Materialia.

She began her career in Australia at Monash University; she explains to us the difference between how the system is organised in Australia compared to Europe and the ‘Internal driving force behind doing research’ (using her words) that brought about her to move to Japan.

Chamini shares her experiences in Japan and her love for research and how it enhances other aspects of her life.

During the interview, we discuss the ‘art of communication’ in science and the role of women in a male dominated field like engineering material. Are you curious?

Listen to the interview!!!

Are you interested in Chamini’s research field and would you like to check for suitable PhD or postdoc position?

By following this link you can find openings at Brunel University, London.

Are you interested? Let’s drive in!

If you want to be part of the project, just send an email to with the subject ‘MCAA interview’ and briefly describe who you are and what your current position is. In addition, please send your LinkedIn profile and we will get in touch with you!

About the author

Dr Maria Domenica Costantino earned her PhD at the University of Hamburg. She took part in the Early Stage Research programme and is currently working as a Business Analyst and Project Manager for the company Eurofins. Maria actively promotes public engagement in science through the blog

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