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    • We all know the flaws of academia, but we do not often talk about our own experiences (positive or negative) and about our reasons for staying in academia or moving to industry. Most of us do not know much about working in industry, to begin with; so, for example, how can we advise correctly our students or motivate them, in favor of academia or industry?
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      anonymous

    • What does it mean pursuing an academic vs an industrial career? What are the “seeds and needs” of both paths? What are the potential challenges in both? What does it take to make it work in each one of the two environments? Can a compromise between the two be reached? For example, academia cannot compete with industrial salaries, but many pleasures of academic life might compensate for it.
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      anonymous

    • What are solutions against the most common “deal-breakers” that demotivate students and (early- or later stage) researchers from considering academia as a life and career choice? Several topics relate to this: balancing work and personal life, moving from one place to another, coping with stress, getting a permanent position, increasing your impact, etc.
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    • 1 day, 11 hours ago

      anonymous

    • What are appropriate strategies of support for all community members (junior and senior)—whether these are personal challenges or research challenges? This topic relates to aiding ourselves (and younger colleagues or our students) in identifying an optimal career path, in developing towards this path and in endowing for either academia or industry. For instance, the required skills for academia and industry do not always overlap.
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      anonymous

    • How can we create stronger links within the community—especially, between the different generations of researchers? How can we provide a space to learn from each other’s experiences and to know that this is not an exclusive frustration that has to be dealt with privately?
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    • 1 day, 13 hours ago

      anonymous

    • What are specific challenges and advantages that academic paths in visualization face, as opposed to other “traditional” fields of Computer Science and the broader academia? For example, the interdisciplinary nature of our domain might be both an advantage and a disadvantage (“Jack of all trades, master of none”) for pursuing an academic career.
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      anonymous

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