Riding the waves…the power of perseverance

grav waves

It’s been a big week for physics with the evidence finally here to provide the existence of gravitational waves.  It did strike me that physicists have to be persistent to keep trying even when doubters doubt and scoffers scoff.  Having:

  • the courage of your scientific convictions
  • the determination & drive to keep on pushing to find the evidence to support those hypotheses and
  • the resilience to cope with the adverse effects of resistance, opposition & failing (a lot) before you succeed –

makes the discovery all the sweeter  – but also shows how physicists develop many of the personal qualities necessary to cope with a varied and demanding working world.  You can find out more about resilience here.

From Physics to Data Science: my transition from academia to industry

Great event coming up on 17 Dec at the Data Lab. Find out more here:

“From Physics to Data Science – My transition from Academia to Industry”

Thursday, Dec 17, 2015, 6:30 PM

The Data Lab
University of Edinburgh, 15 South College Street, EH8 9AA Edinburgh, GB

34 Data & Technology enthusiasts Attending

Martina Pugliese, PHD – Data Scientist – Mallzeehttps://uk.linkedin.com/in/martinapugliese“From Physics to Data Science – My transition from Academia to Industry”Martina will talk about how you convince an industry that you are good for them, what skills you need to refine, soft skills you need to leverage, mathematics and numerical abilities an…

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Expand your CV! Global Leader Experience

Common purpose image     A great opportunity for students to develop and showcase problem solving and skills, and will certainly enhance your  employability.

100 UoE students from at least 25 nationalities will have the opportunity to work together over 4 days to explore a major world challenge from a local perspective – it involves a partnership between the University, City of Edinburgh Council and The Wheatley Group. You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • learn from leaders from business, government and NGOs
  • discover how a city works and doesn’t work
  • develop Cultural Intelligence as you learn from each other
  • generate innovative solutions to the Challenge which are presented to city leaders.

This kind of opportunity does not come around very often, and it is completely free. Be warned, you have to be committed – it isn’t something you can sign up for and then not attend at the last minute, but then that makes it all the more worthwhile.

It’s run by Common Purpose, a social enterprise with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development programmes that enable people from different backgrounds, sectors, geographies and generations to work together to solve common problems. The programme is open to UGs & PGs and takes place during ILW (16-19th Feb) at John McIntyre Centre.It gets glowing reports from previous participants, including Edinburgh alumni.

Deadline Dec 14th!    More details and online application here :

Candida Martha Menezes, Student, University of Edinburgh, participant, Edinburgh and Glasgow 2014

“I have been inspired by speakers, they made me determined to work hard and grasp every opportunity. I have also learned so much from my fellow participants who are great communicators, innovations and much more!”