Next Scientist, The Blog For The Scientist 2.0

Next Scientist, The Blog For The Scientist 2.0

If you thought that being a scientist is all about publishing papers, giving talks and submitting grants … you were right, last century.

If you want to be a scientist of the 21st century, Next Scientist can help you.

Yes, Next Scientist is the blog for the Scientist 2.0.

For scientists that want to make use of the Web 2.0 to advance in their scientific careers.

For scientists that have a gut feeling that all this Internet-technology-social media revolution can benefit them and also be fun.


What is a Scientist 2.0?

A Scientist 2.0 takes advantage of the new technologies to:
  • present himself and his research to the world.
  • connect and share with other scientists.
  • experiment with new career paths.

Who is behind this blog?

Hi, my name is Julio Peironcely. I am a PhD student in Leiden University and I created Next Scientist for three reasons:

  • to share with other people what I learned in my process of becoming a Scientist 2.0.
  • to find other like-minded scientists that will teach me and join me.
  • to experiment my assumptions about being a Scientist 2.0.

Becoming a Scientist 2.0, why?

When I started my PhD back in 2008 I jumped into a new field of research. I needed to find the relevant literature and get to know the names of the leading scientists, and fast.

I would find scientific papers and google the names of the researchers to know more about them. It was more of a personal interest in them, I wanted to know how their groups looked like, other lines of research in their labs, how their lab looked like. A bit creepy I must admit.

Much to my surprise, for many of these brilliant and modern and creative people Google could not find a website, just scattered publications. For the brave ones that had a website, it looked from the ice age of Internet.

I thought “It is like if they are trying to hide from the world”. Admit it, if you don’t show up in Google you don’t exist.

And then it hit me: what do people find if they search for my name? Nothing. Nada.

I found the website of my lab, it was as lame as those I was mocking. I asked my boss: the institute is planning of releasing a new design and functionalities for all the groups.

When the functionalities arrived they were limited to a micro photo of me, a paragraph describing my project and my inexistent list of publications, all of which I could not customize or manage myself. And the site would appear in the first search results.

I was transparent to the scientific world. I did not exist scientifically in the Internet.

This was all I was going to get from my university.

At that time I was already using Twitter and LinkedIn, and I had had some attempts at blogging. How was I going to integrate my online activities in my crappy university site?

If the university is not going to give me the tools, I will do it myself.

I am going to build my own website.

I bought my own domain It was the perfect landing place for people that were searching my publications or research projects.

There I could express my opinions in a blog and aggregate my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Whatever you wanted to know from me should be there.

I expanded my online actions with the goal of get people to know my research.

Apart from attending conferences and writing papers, I started sharing online my presentations, following interesting scientists in Twitter, and adding to LinkedIn people I met in conferences.

I have learnt a lot in the process and I have had some modest successes, which I will gladly share with you in the Next Scientist.

What You Will Find In The Next Scientist

We will share tips and best practices on:

  • blogging and how to communicate you science.
  • social media new tools to connect with fellow scientists.
  • using technology to find new career paths.


Welcome to the Next Scientist.


About Julio Peironcely

Julio Peironcely, PhD is the founder of Next Scientist and a PhD by Leiden University. He helps PhD students to stay motivated, be more productive and finish their PhDs. Follow him on Twitter (@peyron) or read more from him on

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