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Lockdown - working from home

Working from home is usually very productive, but under the present circumstances everything is different. You may find that you don’t get as much done as you expect, or perhaps you do not have any obvious work-related tasks to carry out from home. It can also be a challenge if you have to look after/homeschool your children at the same time. For people who do not have a family or who live alone, working from home can be lonely. Listed below you find good advice, inspiration on how to cope, work-related activities and webinars/online courses.


Webinars/online courses

Work related activities

If you run out of things to do, here’s suggestions to upgrade your skills:

  • PyMol - learn making beautiful graphical illustrations and analysis of molecular structures
  • Inkscape - an open source vector drawing program for making general purpose schematic illustrations. It is also good at combining figure elements from different sources into one figure. Similar to Illustrator, but free. Tutorial on youtube here (it introduces you to the basic tools of inkscape, while you draw a donut)
  • GraphPad Prism - a scientific 2D graphing and statistics software. A versatile statistics tool purpose built for scientists - not statisticians. There is a free 30 days trial version available to new users, which you can register for here. Lab members affiliated the Health Faculty can also order their own license through HE IT's webshop     
  • STRING - a database of known and predicted protein-protein interactions. The interactions include direct (physical) and indirect (functional) associations; they stem from computational prediction, from knowledge transfer between organisms, and from interactions aggregated from other (primary) databases
  • Cytoscape - an open source software platform for visualizing complex networks and integrating these with any type of attribute data
  • IrfanView - graphic viewer


You can also consider to:

  • Organize your Labbook
  • Update your LinkedIn, ORCID, Researchgate, etc. profiles
  • Improve presentation skills (through tutorials/webinars)
  • Learn touch typing (blindskrift)
  • Learn Python
  • Take a class in scientific communication
  • Brush up on your stats and machine learning
  • Learn some bioinformatics
  • Read this book to improve your grant writing skills

AU guidelines on virtual meetings

Tips for things to do

Good advice when working from home