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This podcast series is brought to you by the Science Communication and Magazine team of the Max Planck PhD network. We want to make the process of getting a doctorate more transparent and raise awareness about possible career opportunities for doctoral researchers inside and outside of science. We d… read more


#2-06 - Implicit Biases and Impostor Syndrome in Science feat. Prof. Dr. Marla Feller

In this episode, Allison and Sandra continue their conversation with Prof. Dr. Marla Feller about being a woman and a mother in science. We talk about gender discrimination in scientific environments and about the role implicit biases play in the process of applying for grants. We discuss the Impostor Syndrome, the effect it had on us and our academic lives, and Marla shares her strategies for overcoming the feeling of self-doubt and fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. 

To learn more about Marla’s scientific journey, watch her talk on feeling like an impostor while switching research fields from Physics to Neuroscience:; or read about her on Picking Brains to challenge your stereotype of what a “typical” path to becoming a scientist is:

Here is the link to the study about gender-specific language in grant-writing:  You can follow us on Twitter at, find us on Instagram at and Linkedin
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