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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,[…]

BSDB writing competition for PhDs & postdocs

Posted by on November 28th, 2017

In preparation of our upcoming 70th anniversary to be celebrated at the special Spring Meeting in Warwick (April 15th-18th 2018), the BSDB announces a writing competition for its graduate student and postdoc members. We are curious to hear about your thoughts (in not more than 500 words) on one of the following topics: The future[…]

PokeMods! An educational outreach initiative

Posted by on September 27th, 2017

  Getting the next generation of scientists excited about Biology is an important part of our jobs as researchers. To that end Karine Nedoncelle, Aurelien Doucet and I created PokeMod cards. Each card features a model organism and highlights some of its contribution to the field of biology. The cards are easy to deploy at[…]

“Skype a Scientist” – 30 minutes well spent

Posted by on September 26th, 2017

I recently participated in “Skype a Scientist” – a program self-described as one that “matches scientists with classrooms” and “give(s) students the opportunity to get to know a ‘real scientist’”. Pretty accurate. Basically, if a scientist signs up, she will be matched with a k-12 classroom somewhere around the world. After some coordination with the[…]

Advocacy for Developmental Biology

Posted by on August 30th, 2017

To promote Developmental Biology and bring across the importance of fundamental research in this field, we all should have our elevator pitches ready at all times – whenever there is an opportunity to engage with audiences about our discipline – be it with the public, students, fellow scientists or policy makers. This is a first[…]

See for yourCelLf

Posted by on August 18th, 2017

See for yourCelLf “Forget the textbook picture” is what I proclaim when I teach master students in a course on Cell biology and Advanced Microscopy. Although the textbook is a fantastic resource for teaching, it largely fails to convey the complexity of cells, including their size, dynamics and structure. To fully appreciate the intricacies of[…]