At a recent scientific careers event in London, University of Kent geneticist Darren Griffin – also a career development fellow for the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) – presented his ten commandments for being a successful scientist in academia. We’ve reproduced them below for your reading pleasure along with further advice that Griffin gave at the event. Have a read and tell us what you think – do you agree with the list? Do any ring particularly true for you? Are there any others you would add? Share your views in the comment box.