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Monthly Archives: February 2014

GIFS: informal but informative

Jenni Lacey, membership marketing officer at the Society of Biology, explores the use of infographics and GIFS in science communication Over the past few years there has been an explosion of infographics, GIFS and short videos online communicating a science message. My news feeds, friends’ pages and twitter stream are constantly full of bite-sized and … Continue reading »

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All the world’s a stage

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 … Continue reading »

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Science and the Winter Olympics

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 … Continue reading »

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Biofuels: a darker shade of green

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 … Continue reading »

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Is it time for a sugar tax?

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 … Continue reading »

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What we can learn from our peers around the globe?

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 … Continue reading »

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Overseas opportunities for scientists: Singapore

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 … Continue reading »

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The ants came marching one by one….

By Natasha Neill, executive officer at the Society of Biology Counting animals is normally associated with colourful cartoons or primary school songs, but trying to monitor how many animals there are can often be a difficult yet critical task. Species number and distribution around the world give the best indication of how vulnerable the species … Continue reading »

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Can shark culls reduce the number of attacks?

Following the commencement of the Western Australian shark cull, Chloe Warren, PhD student at the University of Newcastle, Australia, ponders the benefits of a more scientific approach to policy making. Last weekend saw the gathering of over 4000 people on Perth’s Cottsloe Beach, brought together to protest the commencement of the Western Australian (WA) government’s … Continue reading »

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Creative Commons Licences: Copyright or Copywrong?

By Michael Walsh, BBSRC Policy Fellow at the Society of Biology, discusses the new Creative Commons licences and the Society’s advice to members. Copyright exists as a form of protection around something which you have created. Most people might immediately think of its relevance in the arts with examples such as literature or film, but … Continue reading »

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