It has been pointed out to me that I should inform my vast and affectionate readership about the collaborations I’ve had during my PhD.
Unfortunately, many of the collaborations I hoped to have did not work out. It is an inconvenient truth that academics have to deal with the political landscapes of universities and other institutions.
There is one collaboration, however, which has worked out very nicely. As a mathematician, I can work anywhere as long as I have my laptop and an internet connection. This made it very easy to do my work while travelling with Jessica to help with her data collection. Jessica’s project is based on similar principles as mine, so there is a lot of potential for us to work together after our PhDs to expand on our respective ideas.
I was able to visit Japan and Italy so far. Being in different environments made it possible for me to come up with great ideas concerning my work, and spending a month in each of those countries has actually been some of my most productive times:
That’s right, there were three trays of hidden noodles.
Although I am disappointed that many of my collaboration efforts did not go through or did not go the way I wanted, I am at least looking forward to the near future – the end of my contract and the start of new projects.