I work in global health and lead a project in Bangladesh. Most of my colleagues fly a lot and consider this normal. I try to minimize my flying. This means declining invitations or participating remotely (often the organizers don’t put enough effort to make it work well, though), going to conferences when they are in Europe where I can take the train, and relying on collaborators and colleagues in Bangladesh.
My postdocs and PhD students still fly more and I don’t pressure them too much, as they want to build their careers.
I studied medicine in Germany and epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. I have been working at Heidelberg University since 2009 and lead the Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health. My work focuses on maternal and child health in low-income settings, with a particular interest in pregnancy and nutrition.