How did you learn to manage the financial side of your research? If
you're a student, do you see opportunities for training in these skills
or will you learn them on-the-fly? Do you perceive a bias towards or
against teaching business skills in the academic research community?
I am one of the organizers of the upcoming ESA course in Sustaining
Biological Infrastructure (esa.org/sbi), which provides training in the
finance and business skills applicable to long-term research projects
(for example: diversifying project funding, communicating with
stakeholders, and developing budgets and strategic plans). This has
prompted interesting conversations about the role of business in
science, and I'm seeking perspectives from the broader ecology community
as we further develop the course.
If you'd like to comment on the above questions, respond here or email
me directly at scienceint...@esa.org.
Thanks for your time and consideration--
For more information about SBI and the upcoming training, visit