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Two tools to handle diversity in lab


Manish Asthana
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Manish Asthana

I see that young scientists are leaving their home cities and country to work under different labs around the world and one thing, which they encounter, is diversified culture. I would like to share my tools. I focused on 2 main categories when I was living in Germany.

  1. Emotional Intelligence: Understanding ones emotion and being aware of the situations. Further, respecting the emotions of others and accepting ours helps an individual not only in surviving in the lab but it helps to work efficiently. I tried to mingle with other foreign scientist and started to reflect on my emotions when I was meeting other scientist.

  2. Social Intelligence: Understanding one’s social cognition helps an individual to learn different society and its social context. It is important that foreign individuals study the city or country in which they are going to join the lab. I am from India so when I joined the lab in Germany it was very different for me. So to understand the German culture I took an initiative and invited my fellow colleagues for cooking and shared my culinary skills. I also did some social works such as I joined old-age home and I also joined a Scottish dance group. I travelled across German and Europe, which helped me to learn some social cues, related to these societies.

I listed these factors because I focused on these two, however I am sure people might be having some more ideas related to it so I welcome their ideas.

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