Today a colleague (lets call hir YY) of mine came to my office. This person is very senior and has had many successful grants and students.
I told hir that I have discussed some of my idea with another colleague (lets call hir XX). This is what YY said to me:
"you do not want to discuss your ideas. If you have some one senior come to you, just tell them that you are if they have an idea you will be happy to work with them. You will get your ideas and money stolen especially with XX".
There are few senairos that arose in my mind:
1) YY wants to work with me (this was mentioned in our conversation) and wants to keep me for hirself.
2) XX is as is described. There is some evidance to it since XX has not worked with any one in a substantial way
3) I cant think of the third. May you can :P
So I have these questions from the blogosphere:
1) How often does your ideas get stolen in academia? Not scooped as in when you are in competition and want to out do each other. But stolen !
2) How often you had problems with a senior collegue for using funds i.e. you were junior but a PI and the senior was a co-PI. Do you happen to have problems such as the senior trying to use your money etc.
3) How do you know who to trust. There can be a lot of overlap between expertise but you do want some on who you could trust right. How do you decide who to discuss your ideas with?
I often heard in my pre-academia-existance that academia is very political. I am coming to taste it now. Hopefully it will be fun.