Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How do I get work in science communication?

Reading the Association of British Science Writers’ advice (PDF) and the Science and Development Network’s e-guide to science communication should give you some useful tips on this one.

How do I get work in international development?

Like working in the media, the best way get started in development is to volunteer. The cost of living in countries like Cambodia or Peru are so much less than Australia or the US. So it’s likely you could support yourself for months in a country seeking volunteers, with only a few months of savings from a job in a developed country. If you want to continue with your experience, paths to a funded role supporting development should emerge. It’s likely you’ll need to actively pursue those paths, but such fundraising is a typical part development work.

How much do you charge?

You can get an idea of my rates from the National Union of Journalists (UK) freelance fees guide. If you’re a non-profit organisation I’m open to negotiation.

How do you get to travel so much?

Travel informs my work and vice versa. I rarely take holidays, rather I’ll work some of the time and immerse myself in local culture in other time. This keeps my work fresh, mind active and life interesting. Travel aside, I’m focused on productivity rather than presenteeism. I discussed why in this podcast series I presented about women entrepreneurs in science, engineering and technology.

I don’t have that much stuff . I haven’t had a car for several years, though I’ve still a license and use work cars when I need to. I rode a motorcycle every day when I was living in Thailand because the traffic pollution made cycling too much of a health risk. I tend to give away or sell most of my possessions when I move between countries – it’s a great form of catharsis.

Where else are you on the web?

You can read about my research at the Australian National University and my travels at WordPress. I’m also on Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr.

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