Academia vs industry

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Academia vs industry

  1. 1. Academica vs. Industry Setia Pramana
  2. 2. My Journey Bachelor: Statistics Brawijaya University (4 years) Worked: Statistics Indonesia (5 years) Master programs Belgium (2 years) PhD in Belgium (4 years) (collaboration academic and industry/Johnson &Johnson) Now: Postdoc in Karolinska Institutet: Bioinformatics
  3. 3. Academia vs. Industry MythsAcademia Industry More flexible/freedom  More constrained and Monotone For people those who can’t make it in industry  Expect to produce an immediate particular product More room for intellectual autonomy (Do whatever we  Pays more want)  More practical Long term result.
  4. 4. Academia vs. Industry MythsAcademia Industry More flexible/freedom  More constrained and Monotone More room for intellectual autonomy (Do whatever we  Expect to produce an want) immediate particular product Long term result.  Pays more Struggle to get funding  More practical
  5. 5. Academia is more flexibleAcademia: casual & flexible atmosphere
  6. 6. Academia is more flexible Flexible working hours and autonomy in deciding where and how you work. BUT Scientists are actually workaholics:http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/t he-results-are-in-scientists-are-workaholics/
  7. 7. Freedom A professor, have a huge amount of freedom. Have no boss. Set own agenda, and can pursue whatever goal he want. Industry, not so much freedom. Constrained by the needs of the company.
  8. 8. Intellectual autonomy
  9. 9. Plan and Speed Academia: long term plan, slower. Industry: Short term plan, immediate.
  10. 10. Plan and Speed Academic: long term plan, slower. Industry: Short term plan, immediate.
  11. 11. Industry Pays More?
  12. 12. Industry Pays More? In academia: apply for grants, funding. Find a way to get money to pay your salary and provide the resources needed to achieve your goal. In industry: No worry about funding. In academia: don’t worry!!! How well you can sell yourself and your skills for contract/consultancy work.
  13. 13. Outputs Academia: get money, publish papers, and graduate students.
 Industry: something valuable to the company – whether that’s a product, patents, reputation. In industrial research we can publish papers but still if no valuable product you are in trouble !!
  14. 14. Outputs
  15. 15. Impact Academia: Indirect Impact: the ideas influence other people.
  16. 16. Impact Academia: Indirect Impact: the ideas influence other people. Industry: direct, immediate impact. New products: drugs, phone, software.
  17. 17. Industry and Academic Collaborate
  18. 18. Industry and Academic Collaborate Advantage for academia:  Money/ Funding for the group  Access to industry resources, knowledge and contacts, Advantage for For industry:  Access to world class researchers  Access to state of the art knowledge of the field  Access to innovative findings
  19. 19. Industry and Academic Collaborate Use money from Industry and “brain” from Academics Needs:  Relationships  Common goals  Resources PhD funding from both sides:  methods can be implemented in real world.  Problem in real world can be “hopefully’ solved.
  20. 20. ConclusionAcademia vs. Industry Different Culture Collaborate
  21. 21. Tips Pursuing PhD?http://setiopramono.wordpress.com/scholarship-tips-and-tricks/
  22. 22. Thank you…….

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