We say farewell to our freelancer Michal with a mini Q&A about his time here.
What’s been your biggest highlight?
What I have enjoyed most about the job is reaching out to hundreds of researchers from all over the world, offering them an opportunity to join the chemistry community, and learning about their cutting edge research and the impact their research creates. I enjoyed taking coordinating contributor posts for IWD2019 and IYPT2019 to help raise awareness of important topics like equality and diversity in science, or to celebrate chemistry research.
Do you have a favourite post?
My favourite type of community content are those posted in the Reactions channel in which community contributors can share their own stories and reflections on different topics related to the academic and non-academic life of a chemistry researcher. These are usually personal pieces of writing, prompting discussion and exchanging ideas.
My favourite two are:
- ‘Not a women’s thingy’ posted by Kamil F. Dziubek for IWD2019
- A 3-part series on ‘How to conference’ by Devesh Mistry:
Any tips for managing an online community?
Always respond quickly and in a positive and enthusiastic manner. Do not ignore any messages, any requests, or any queries – do not leave any mails unread and unanswered. Show the community and your contributors your support and offer any them guidance that they may need to successfully publish their post. First impressions matter!
What are doing now?
In my job, as a research impact professional at a UK higher education institution, I manage networks of research impact and engagement officers and run a programme for impact-generating activities for researchers. So my experience working with the Chemistry Community was really helpful.
Thanks so much for all your help and keeping the Chemistry Community in shipshape. We wish you the very best for the future!