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Improving the visibility of developmental biology: time for induction and specification

Posted by on February 6th, 2019

This Spotlight article by Len Zon originally appeared in Development as part of our ‘Advocating developmental biology‘ campaign. We’d love to hear what you think about Len’s ideas. Developmental biology is a prominent field that has captured the imagination of many scientists. Over the years, research in the area has seen a steady number of[…]

Editorial: Advocating developmental biology

Posted by on June 27th, 2018

This editorial by Aidan Maartens, Andreas Prokop, Katherine Brown and Olivier Pourquié originally appeared in Development   Developmental biology is a discipline with a long and rich history, a vibrant and diverse present, and a future of tremendous potential. The field has had enormous impact beyond its own boundaries, for example providing many key concepts for medical research and[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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 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[…]

New resources section on the Node

Posted by on November 23rd, 2017

Since its launch in 2010, the Node has functioned as a community resource for developmental biologists. When I started my 3 month internship in September (see my introductory post here), we decided to utilise my experience as an active researcher to redesign and update the Node’s resources page. This included transferring the resources from the[…]

An interview with George Daley

Posted by on September 22nd, 2017

This interview by Aidan Maartens appeared in Development, Vol 144 Issue 18 George Daley is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, and Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and President of the International Society for Stem Cell[…]

When Basic Science Intersects with Disease, and Patients

Posted by on May 29th, 2015

Developmental biologist Gabrielle Kardon, Ph.D., never thought that she would be explaining morphogenesis to patient support groups, but that’s where her science led her. And instead of shying away, she has embraced it. Completely. Kardon’s lab had focused mostly on the limb until her graduate student, Allyson Merrell, urged that they explore the diaphragm, of[…]

Graduate students take on The Hill

Posted by on March 25th, 2015

On March 18, 2015, 24 graduate student scientists from twelve graduate programs across the country descended on Capitol Hill. We represented the National Science Policy Group, a network of graduate students committed to promoting science research funding and interested in issues at the intersection of science and public policy. Last Wednesday was our Congressional Visit Day,[…]