Today we are hosting a guest post by Dr. Tessel van der Laan. Tessel obtained her undergraduate degree in astronomy from the Kapteyn Institute in The Netherlands, before moving to the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, for her graduate degree. After obtaining her astrophysics PhD (with honors) in 2012, she moved to Grenoble, France, where she is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for radio astronomy (IRAM). Besides astronomy, her passions include history, politics, psychology, art, and good food.
Last weekend I sat down with two people that work in politics/policy. I discussed with them the possibilities that exist for astronomers in and around the political process. Our discussions focussed mostly on me, but many of the things they told me, are equally applicable to you. So, here goes.
Being a politician/policy maker is a very broad job description
Maybe when you think about 'going into politics', you figured that means becoming...