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Interview with Nature on being a couple in academia

Mette Bendixen

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Published on Valentine’s Day earlier this year, what better date to share Lars’ and my experience of being a couple in academia.

We talked with Nature’s Career Editor David Payne about being parents and husband and wife while working together as colleagues. Our situation is also in some ways challenging, as Lars is affiliated with Arizona State and I work at University of Colorado, Boulder. We live in Boulder, Colorado with our five year old son. This means that Lars travels roughly once a month for a short week’s time to Tempe, Arizona.

I know quite a few people in Academia, who have partners in other states, sometimes even in other countries. It’s hard, and there are many ways to work around this - everyone’s different and there sure is no right way of dealing with this. In the article, we describe our situation and how we’ve chosen to balance everything.

You can read it HERE