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A platform where people share great thesis/dissertation topics for academic degrees

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Aug 23, 2020
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Problems with openly sharing topics for thesis/dissertation

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Manel Lladó Santaeularia
Manel Lladó Santaeularia Mar 01, 2021
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica day ago
A PI/lab that has the necessary funding and open positions might use this as a way to attract new people into their labs. Once the position has been taken, the platform page would reflect it and the opportunity marked as being worked on.

This way more labs would be dissuaded in pursuing the same ideas
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica day ago
Also, people who come up with these cool research ideas wouldn't necessarily be a part of any lab. They might not care about what happens to the ideas afterward. PIs/labs could grab the cool ones quickly, write them up, get funding and get people on them. Everybody wins. The point of sharing is to get them done.

PIs/labs could use the platform as a source of inspiration. The ideators could use it as a place to dump the excess of ideas. They might not be able to execute on them but someone else should because the ideas are cool.
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Manel Lladó Santaeularia
Manel Lladó Santaeulariaa day ago
Darko Savic Well that would be another kind of platform where labs offer positions, and a lot of those already exist. And however, most of these position advertisements never go into detail on the particular project to avoid being copied. Also, I would not take for granted that other labs would be dissuaded from copying you if you say you're working on it. Maybe they think they can do it better/faster than you and get the credit. I've literally had the experience of presenting some preliminary results of my research in a congress and, the following year, having someone else present a project that was literally copied from mine. They claimed to have done what I was trying to do faster than me, but luckily they were full of bullshit. However, this happens all the time. That's why most PIs would be reticent to share their ideas before they have someone working on them and producing promising results and they see a publication in the near future.

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