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Bullying in science


Michael Oberdorfer
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Michael Oberdorfer

A recent editorial in Nature discusses the problem of bullying in science. The editorial springs from ongoing allegations at Max Planck in Garching, Germany,
This story is from the field of astrophysics, but bullying is likely pervasive in all fields of science.

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Yes, I believe bullying is pervasive in institutions ranging from the government to industry to primary schools to the family, and it has ended many careers. Sexual and racial harassment can be forms of bullying. The problem has been very difficult to address and more attention should be given to effective solutions. Speaking out against it when you see it is a good place to start.

Einarsen, S. (Ed.), Hoel, H. (Ed.), Cooper, C. (Ed.). (2003). Bullying and Emotional Abuse in the Workplace. London: CRC Press. https://www.researchgate.net/file.PostFileLoader.html?id=5613552d6307d93e378b45df&assetKey=AS%3A281421676597248%401444107564277

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