Daija Angeli, project officer for the Society of Biology’s special interest group the Natural Capital Initiative, attended a meeting of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee on the valuation of natural capital on 25th February 2014. Here is what she learned:
How do we value our nature? The concept of natural capital is often used to describe the economic value of nature, and has been explored as a way to ensure that nature is protected and to assign priorities. This was the focus of discussion at a recent meeting of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, which tackles issues where science and politics meet. Read more
Ahead of International Women’s Day, Jess Devonport, Marketing and Communications Officer, and Barbara Knowles, Senior Science Policy Advisor at the Society of Biology, discuss the recent report, Women in Scientific Careers.
There has been continued conversation over recent years about the gender gap in STEM careers, particularly in academia and senior roles, and if the recent Science and Technology Committee Women in Scientific Careers report showed anything, it’s that the gender gap isn’t going away. Read more
Liz Granger is a previous winner of the Science Communication Award and has just finished a PhD in cell biology. Here she tells us about her experiences after winning the award and why others should apply.
During my PhD I got involved with lots of different public engagement projects and school outreach activities. Back in 2012 the awards application process worked slightly differently with a nomination system in place. When a colleague, Davina Whitnall, offered to nominate me I was over the moon. It sounds trite, but I genuinely didn’t expect to win and I was just pleased to be nominated. When I found out I’d won I couldn’t believe it.
Following the launch of the Society of Biology’s new regional grant scheme, David Urry looks at some slightly more novel ideas for events.
Whether you are looking to inform, engage, educate, entertain, or stimulate debate, running a successful biology event is often the best way to reach your audience, and really good events manage all of the above simultaneously!
The Society of Biology supports the delivery of numerous events throughout the year, from the work of our staff at Charles Darwin House, and the work of our regional branch committees. Now, with the recent launch of our new regional grant scheme, we are also able to support individual members who want to run a one off event or series of events in their local area. Download the guidance notes if you’d like to know more. Read more
Whether they’re aiming for gold, or just proud to have qualified (Malta, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Zimbabwe are all making their debut this year), the Sochi Winter Olympics represent the pinnacle of many athletes’ careers. Chloe Warren considers “all things biological” regarding athletic training and preparation.
As well as practising for their specific event and improving cardiovascular fitness, athletes and their trainers need to consider several other factors when preparing for events such as the Winter Olympics, and many of these are often overlooked.
Olympians have to be mentally prepared for a competitive event. Sportspeople will often employ sports psychology coaching (which can be an interesting career path) to help them with their mental preparation.
Following on from The Biologist’s write up of the Society of Biology’s recent Policy Lates event on algal biofuels, Michael Walsh looks at how biofuels are moving beyond their first generation.
We all know that we face increasing challenges in order to meet our energy needs. With the climate changing, global population increasing, and fossil fuel levels falling, most people agree that renewable energy sources have a major part to play in the coming years. Green energy sources (especially ones that are literally green) must be better than heavily polluting ones such as coal, oil and gas…right? Read more
In advance of Voice of the Future 2014, Rebecca Nesbit considers a question she would like to ask MPs
The health effects of too much added sugar have been in the news recently, raising questions about whether we should introduce a sugar tax. Recently, Mexico started to tax sugar-sweetened beverages.
Recent research suggests that people with high levels of added sugar in their diet are more likely to die from cardio-vascular disease. This adds to the research on other problems associated with sugar consumption, from tooth decay to obesity. Read more
Guest blogger Charlotte Eve Davies, a PhD student at Swansea University, talks about receiving a Society of Biology Travel Grant to go to the AVC Lobster Science Centre, Canada.
‘So what do you do?’ is the question I get asked rather often. People look at me and assume, at the age of 24, I should be settled down with a ‘grown up’ job. Alas, I am still studying, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
In truth, there isn’t a single word to summarise my work. Underpinned by a degree in biology, I have since branched out into various areas. Pathologist? Maybe. Marine biologist? I like to think so. Lobsterologist? If only that was a word! I like to keep my options open. Read more
A scientific career often provides exciting opportunities to work abroad, and here Dr Paul Macary from the National University of Singapore shares his experience of working in a new culture.
Does the work culture differ to that in the UK?
The work culture in biomedicine in Singapore is very similar to that of the UK and US. The good laboratories here strive to be world-class which means that they actively compete with their European and North American counterparts. This translates into an expectation that young scientists will work hard and take ownership of their respective research projects. The only area that is significantly different in Singapore versus the UK revolves around social events involving lab members. Whilst in the UK scientists often adjourn to the nearest pub after work, in Singapore social events revolve around food so the nearest hawker centre becomes the meeting place. Read more