Surviving the Academia

February 6, 2024
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Season 2, Episode3 | Multidisciplinary research: Challenges and opportunities

Navigating the grant application maze always feels like choosing between parallel universes.
Picking the perfect panel of reviewers becomes a cosmic quest, and the struggle repeats when
selecting the ideal scientific journal for my groundbreaking article. It’s the multidisciplinary
conundrum – a buzzword in academia that’s both a blessing and a brain-bender. But fear not,
fellow researchers! Today we will explore this issue with two special guests Lucia Corés and
Cynthia Cabañas.

Lucia Corés is postdoc at the Digital Democracy Center in Southern Denmark University, where she conducts experimental research to design more effective ways of constructing, packaging, and delivering news messages in online environments.

Cynthia Cabañas is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck,
University of London (UK) and She is interested in the role of theory of mind and empathy in
film narrative understanding in neurotypical and neurodiverse populations and the formal
elements of film that filmmakers use to enhance these processes. They have both mastered
the challenges and opportunities of multidisciplinary research in the areas of communication,
films, and cognitive science.

The episode today is the first of a two-episode series where we are going to explore the
intersection between films and the mind. Join us in this important and interesting
conversation and Welcome to Surviving the Academia.

About Surviving the Academia

The program’s objective is to perform a brief analysis of the current situation of the Finnish universities, and the perspectives for the future considering organizational, sociological and pedagogical aspects. During the episodes we will explore different topics related with the university life that influence those who aim to build their academic career. These topics are approached from three main perspective: 1) The lack of resources that scientific research has nowadays due to the economical crisis and the COVID-19. 2) The difficulties to build up an academic career for researchers within universities and 3) The new and trendy University models which try to build bridges between the academia and the private sector and its impact on the structural and pedogeological impact on the institutions. We will explore these topics together with others relevant debates by interviewing both workers and students in a friendly atmosphere that enables them to share opinions and ideas that promote a healthy debate.

Producer and host: Jose Cañas-Bajo
Guests: Lucia Corés & Cynthia Cabañas
Sound recording, editing: Bailey Polkinghorne

*The audio piece was recorded and edited at the Helsinki Open Waves performance & recording room located at Caisa.

**The views expressed in this audio piece and texts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of Helsinki Open Waves.  

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