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The 6th BONUS Young Scientist Club: How to reserve most productive hours for the most difficult task – writing – and much more

In collaboration with the 11th Baltic Sea Science Congress 2017, held during the week 12-16 June 2017, BONUS sponsored its 6th Young Scientist Club training session and a dinner/networking get-together of the Baltic Sea young scientists attending the Congress in Rostock. These events took place on the first (registration) day of the Congress, Monday 12 June 2017.Hugh_Kearns

Given the positive feedback received after the last BONUS Young Scientists Club training session during the BSSC 2015 in Riga, Hugh Kearns from Flinders University, Australia, returned to run another training session, this time titled Turbo-charge your writing and communicate the impact of your research!’. 

Over 70 young scientists around the Baltic Sea participated the session that gave them hands-on practical tips and techniques for improving their writing. Scheduling and time-management, how to deal with anxieties and procrastination and the simple difficulty of getting new words on the paper were among the many topics discussed. The young scientists learnt how to reserve their most productive hours for the most difficult task – writing – and how to do that regularly despite not feeling ready or not having all the possible information yet. Discussion time at YSC2017

The training session was filmed and will be made available shortly via a link to the BONUS young scientist community on the BONUS projects’ website resources section (password protected).

Problem solving at YSC2017The evening continued with a delicious barbecue hosted by young scientists and students of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research and the University of Rostock, after which the participants were divided into teams and got to geocache their way through the nearby park solving tasks at several stations. Water salinity of different sea areas was tested by tasting and flasks easily found their spots on the map; research vessels, research institute logos and nutrient inputs were more inlow model at YSC2017difficult to place, but got solved in the end with some excellent teamwork! In the final destination, the secret of the Baltic Sea was revealed with the help of an inflow model. Discussions on sandy beach continued until late evening, and many new acquaintances were made.

The session was filmed and it has been made available from the password protected 'Practices and resources' section of the BONUS projects' managed website, from where you can find the unlisted link to the session. Should you not be involved with this website nor have credentials to it but would like to view the session's video, please email

Read also BLOG by Riina Klais (BONUS BIO-C3 and INSPIRE projects) on her choice of useful tips gained from the workshop.

Further information on BONUS young scientist activities at

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