Life as an academic: my 2016 in numbers December 29, 2016 • Author: Christophe Dessimoz • ∞ Life as an academic is varied and busy. Students sometimes believe that all we do is teach. In fact, we do quite a few other things. Here’s my 2016 in numbers. number of papers published: 10 number of paper rejections: 7 number of books edited: 1 number of grant proposals submitted: 8 number of research contracts negotiated with the industry: 2 number of blog posts: 5 number of tweets: 474 (66% were retweets) number of YouTube videos: 1 number of papers reviewed: 24 number of papers edited: 3 number of grants reviewed: 3 number of PhD theses examined: 2 number of emails received (excluding spam and mailing-lists): 12,695 number of emails written: 4,377 (!) number of minutes videoconferencing on GoToMeeting: 13,236 (!!) number of Geneva-London-Geneva roundtrips: 12 number of meetings with >50 attendees co-organised: 6 number of seminars hosted: 4 number of conferences attended: 3 number of talks given: 11 number of semester-long courses organised: 2 number of hours lectured: 32 number of 2000-word student papers marked: 47 number of summer students supervised: 4 number of overnight retreats attended: 4 number of work Christmas dinners attended: 3 number of annual reports written: 3 (this does not count) number of Tête de Moine eaten at lab celebrations: 4 number of times moved home: 0 (noteworthy since we moved 5 times in the preceding 5 years…) I wish you, Dear Reader, all the best in 2017!