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About: Katherine Brown

Biography:
I'm the Executive Editor of Development. My job involves working with the academic editors and the in-house team on the content and production of the journal, commissioning and editing review articles, attending conferences and generally keeping up-to-date with the field and the community. In my earlier life I was a developmental biologist working on eye morphogenesis in flies and then fish, before a stint as an editor at The EMBO Journal.
Website:
http://dev.biologists.org

Posts by Katherine Brown:

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: CRISPR/Cas technology

Posted by on October 12th, 2020

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, last week saw the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their work on the CRISPR/Cas system. It’s hard to believe that it was only 8 or so years ago that they – along with their colleagues Martin Jinek, Krzysztof Chylinski and others[…]

Inclusion and diversity in publishing – a joint commitment for action

Posted by on July 9th, 2020

In early June, as Black Lives Matter protests were gathering momentum across the globe, a group of publishers were brought together (virtually of course) by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to discuss equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in academic publishing activities. While the timing of this workshop was completely coincidental, the experiences shared by[…]

From Stem Cells to Human Development goes virtual

Posted by on June 30th, 2020

When COVID-19 hit Europe, it quickly became clear that holding scientific conferences was not going to be possible (or responsible) for some time, and that we weren’t going to be able to gather in September for Development’s 4th From Stem Cells to Human Development conference. Having been deeply involved in this meeting series since its[…]

Staying connected during the COVID19 pandemic

Posted by on May 21st, 2020

Among many other (many more important) things, pandemic times have meant an end to travel, which for the Development team means no conferences and no lab visits. For me personally, it’s meant cancelled trips to Shanghai, Kyoto, Washington and Chicago, and while I’m delighted to be keeping my carbon footprint down, I’m definitely missing the[…]

Development and the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by on March 23rd, 2020

Last week, I and the rest of the Development team said goodbye to our lovely office, and a new era of remote working has begun. But we’re lucky – editorial work can (we hope!) proceed pretty much as normal from our desks at home. Of course, things are not so easy for researchers: shutting down[…]

EDBC 2019: preprints workshop

Posted by on November 21st, 2019

For the first time in 20 years, researchers from across the continent gathered for the European Developmental Biology Congress in Alicante, Spain (October 23-26 2019). Fortunately, we won’t have to wait another 20 years for the next one – it will be held next in the UK in 2023. But in addition to a fantastic[…]

Publishing Fly Research

Posted by on May 9th, 2019

Back in January, The Cambridge Fly Club held a symposium to mark 25 years since the publication of the famous Gal4/UAS paper (Brand & Perrimon, 1993 – published in Development); the organisers have posted a meeting report here. As part of this symposium, the organisers asked me to give a talk on ‘Publishing Fly Research’.[…]

Publishing peer review reports

Posted by on September 5th, 2018

Last week, Development and our sister journal Journal of Cell Science signed an open letter coordinated by ASAPbio, signalling our intention to publish peer review reports alongside published papers. I’m really delighted to be making this commitment and wanted to take the opportunity to say a few words about our thinking behind this decision. So[…]

Scientific Reviews Editor for Development

Posted by on July 25th, 2018

We are still looking for a Scientific Reviews Editor for the journal Development – for full details, please see the job advert here. You may have noticed that this is not the first time we’ve posted this job. While we would ideally be hoping to recruit someone with some previous editorial experience, we don’t want[…]

Reviews Editor for the journal Development

Posted by on May 17th, 2018

We are currently seeking applications for the role of Reviews Editor for the journal Development, our flagship journal for the developmental biology and stem cell community. This is a permanent, full-time position. Joining an experienced and successful team, this is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to one of the major journals in[…]