I am currently studying my PhD, the project I am involved in was designed and started by a previous student who has now graduated, I am analysing samples collected from this study... Recently I had to submit an abstract for a poster at a scientific conference, however the previous student refused to allow it to be submitted unless he was lead author. This would imply that nothing I produce throughout my PhD will ever get me any first author publications, abstracts or talks as his name will have to go first on all my work... Is this going to affect my post-doc career and employment prospects? Is it common? Would I be unreasonable to say to my supervisor I would rather not proceed with this work?
Anyone else had similar issues, or just have a point of view?
What are the downsides?