AQ: Australian Quarterly

Great expectations and the Art of Whinging

Science and SciComm with ANDYWATER

Many of these academics are the feared peerreviewers of the present. Having survived high blood pressure and ingrown toenails, they carry with them the battle scars of a long career in academia. For those who’ve been accepted into science’s inner circle, it can, perhaps, be hard to understand why all these wrapped-incotton- wool ECRs are getting their knickers in a twist. After all, people have, and still do, rise to the top tier of the mortar-boardwearing fraternity.

Each year, around late October or early November, Australian ECRs really start to ask themselves if the effort required to maintain a career

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