Things I'm working on now, in the descending order of how much time I spend on them:

  • PhD in quantum information at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics — due to finish this year.
    — working on my dissertation
    — deriving some lovely exponentiated parameters for disordered many-body systems
    — writing up sexy analytical papers on disordered many-body systems
    — begging LaTeX to please be a good boy for just five minutes
  • Part-time MSc in politics & technology at the Bavarian School of Public Policy. Courses in the summer semester 2019/2020:
    — Introduction to Science and Technology Policy
    — Political Data Science
    — Emerging Technologies and International Security
    — Law and Governance of Artificial Intelligence
  • Technical writing and Tool & Library Qualification podcast at Validas AG — a deep dive into safety standards for software development.
    — moderating and producing podcast episodes on a part-time basis
  • Taking care of pets and plants.
    — my spoiled cat is named Deimos (the Greek god of war or one of the moons of Mars); he has chronic asthma, loves playing fetch and does tricks like a champ
    — I rear beautiful beetles; the moist soil in their terrariums makes the whole room smell like the forest floor
    — my carnivorous plants are trivial to keep and a joy to have
  • Coleading the Science Policy — Communication & Advocacy subgroup at EuroScience — a non-profit grassroots association of researchers in Europe.

Things I've consciously put on hiatus:

  • Presenting planetarium shows at the ESO Supernova — we're taking a break due to the pandemic.
  • Running Munich Shut Up & Write! meetups — writing sessions and peer support/pressure for any type of writing you can imagine.