The major research institutions have decided to base their judgement with regard to excellence in research on the academic age (i.e. the years of active research) and not on the biological age (i.e. the years of one’s life). This is meant to even out twists and turns in the CV, such as parental leave. This is an important change of rules.
“You are not a loser, you are a starter,” I calm her down. Starters are impulsive, creative people who constantly come up with ideas, but show little interest in completing a task. “Boring, nothing new”, an inner voice seems to tell them. Starters are by no means losers, they just need to find the right environment to be productive – or they create it themselves often enough due to their personality.