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Daniyal Jafree winner of the BSDB advocacy writing competition

Posted by on April 17th, 2018

In preparation of the 70th anniversary celebrations at the special Spring Meeting in Warwick (15-18 April 2018), the student and postdoc representatives of the BSDB, Alexandra Ashcroft and Michelle Ware, initiated a writing competition for graduate student and postdoc members who were asked to write a max 500 word piece on one of the following[…]

A BSDB history rap!!!!

Posted by on April 13th, 2018

  This year, is the BSDB’s 70th anniversary! Expect many extras on our Spring Meeting (15-18 April 2018 in Warwick)! For example, the history rap, a contemporary oral rendering of BSDB history, featuring Jerry aka Gerald H Thomsen PhD and produced and mixed by Philip Larsen – BSDB member and DJ! (No Ratings Yet) Loading…

A droso4school CPD event for teachers

Posted by on February 20th, 2018

The droso4schools initiative is an educational outreach programme run by the Manchester Fly Facility, which I had the opportunity to be actively involved in during a month-long placement (see my previous blog). The aim of this programme is to re-introduce the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster into school and college biology lessons. For this, the droso4schools[…]

The new BSDB Newsletter: a focus on communication & advocacy

Posted by on January 26th, 2018

Please, have a look at the newest issue of the BSDB newsletter, which can be downloaded here. It covers two eventful years of our society’s history and is by far the longest ever published! This seems only appropriate considering that 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the BSDB’s foundation. In recognition of its history, the[…]

Explaining Developmental Biology to non-specialists

Posted by on January 24th, 2018

The BSDB recently initiated an advocacy campaign, starting with (1) the gradual development of the best arguments that can be used as elevator pitches in discussions, presentations, applications or publications, and (2) the collation of support resources which were first published on the BSDB website and are now present in improved version on The Node.[…]

Matthew Cobb: What makes great biology?

Posted by on January 19th, 2018

Prof. Matthew Cobb (The University of Manchester) Plenary talk given at the School of Biological Sciences symposium on Friday, 12 January 2018 Matthew Cobb is an inspiring advocate and communicator of science, in particular of biology. This is clearly reflected in his books and articles about the history of biology (and beyond), and his various[…]

The BSDB’s advocacy strategy

Posted by on December 26th, 2017

The BSDB will soon publish its next newsletter. An important topic in that issue will be communication within our community and advocacy of Developmental Biology. See here a preview of the contribution by our communications officer Andreas Prokop describing the BSDB’s advocacy strategy. The BSDB’s advocacy strategy As argued in a recent PLoS Blog, there[…]

A fly on the wall account of scicomm in action

Posted by on December 18th, 2017

My name is Charlotte Blackburn; I am a Zoology graduate currently studying at the University of Edinburgh for an MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement … yes, that is something of a mouthful! I recently had the opportunity to participate in the droso4schools science communication project of the Manchester Fly Facility, and would like[…]

A community approach to science communication

Posted by on December 14th, 2017

Science communication (scicomm) has become a buzz term in the current science landscape. I fully support its importance and have been a scicomm “activist” for over 6 years. My initiatives promote the enormous importance of Developmental Biology as a key discipline of the biomedical sciences (see our advocacy campaign); within this context, I put specific[…]

How to win a conference prize

Posted by on December 11th, 2017

Or, at least, produce nice posters while trying. Students on average author 1-3 papers and produce at least three times that many conference posters***. At large meetings, such as the ASCB, thousands of posters are presented each year. While presenting posters is popular, posters sessions evoke mixed feelings: they are often late in the evening,[…]