My personal and professional adventure into Science

Party conversation for bioinformaticians – a step-by-step guide

Yesterday I had a talk with my colleague Tejal. It has been some time since we last spoke, so we had to update each-other on all the ongoing projects we both have. At some point the conversation also came to Australia. About half an hour later I received a mail from Tejal with a relevant paper written by the Australian situated author Alicia Oshlack: “A 10-step guide to party conversation for bioinformaticians“.

Here is the motivation for the paper, very relevant for our work.

At some social event or other (including ones at my own research institute) I inevitably get asked what I do. Responding with ‘bioinformatics’ is generally met with a blank stare or, in some cases, a slight edge towards a nearby door.


Here I share a step-by-step guide that has helped me to convey some concept of my work to people not involved in the field, or even in science in general, when I am asked the question: ‘So, what do you do?’

Maybe I should memory this, if I feel my social skills will fail at some point!

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