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Communities Happenings – 2nd July

Communities Happenings is a weekly post with news of interest to NPG’s online communities. The aim is to provide this info in one handy summary. Listings include tweetups and conferences which we’re attending and/or organising as well as new online tools, products or cool videos. We also occasionally flag up NPG special offers and competitions plus updates about NPG social media activities such as new accounts you might want to follow. Do let us know what you find most useful! 

Lindau begins 

The annual Lindau Nobel laureate meeting on Lake Constance has just started.  Running from 1st – 6th July, the event is an opportunity for young researchers from around the world to meet with Nobel laureates in science. This is the 62nd Lindau Meeting and, just in time for the updates on the Higgs Boson hunt, it is focused on Physics. 

As we have done for the past two years, Nature is going to be covering this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting on the Lindau Nobel Community site where you can find blog posts, photos and othere online conversations. We’ll also be rounding up some of the content here on Of Schemes and Memes, as we did last year.

Nature.com's Lou Woodley is attending this year's Lindau Conference

You can also follow the online conversation from the official Twitter account using @lindaunobel, or by following the #lnlm12 hashtag.

Lindau preparations  #mentoringsci

Moer conent that ties in with the Lindau meeting is the latest Soapbox Science mini-series which focuses on the role of mentors in science. So far we have heard from a mix of mentors, mentees and projects set up to support scientific mentoring.  The latest post is by Vince Knight, a lecturer in the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University. In his commentary, he admits, “I’m just not clever” recalling his mentoring experiences and the impact his phsics teacher, Melle Tayrac, had on him:

I am proud of my academic achievements but am utterly convinced that my ‘ability’ has very little to do with any of them. I believe that all my achievements are the result of hard work inspired by Melle Tayrac. I’ve spoken to her only once since then and tried to convey the impact she had on my life, but I’m not sure she understood. What I do know is that without her guidance I would have had a very different life.

You can hear more of Vincent’s thoughts in his post, and check out the other guest posts here. More to come later today.

Save the date! Science Online London 2012

Mark your calendars – this year’s Science Online London conference will be taking place on Sunday 11th and Monday 12th November and we’d love for you to join us! Now celebrating its fifth year, Science Online London is an annual two-day conference hosted by nature.com for anyone interested in how science is communicated and carried out online.

This year, we’re delighted to be hosted by the Wellcome Trust and the event will take place at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre on Euston Road. Equipped with “unbreakable Wi-Fi”, we will be live-tweeting and live-streaming the event – check out last year’s archives for Storifys and videos of the sessions and join in the online conversations on the #solo12 hashtag. If you’d like to suggest a session, please email us at scienceonline@nature.com or post your ideas on the wiki. Tickets aren’t yet on sale, but you can find out here or via our Twitter account as soon as they are. Alternatively, email us (scienceonline@nature.com) to be added to our mailing list for further updates.

You can find out more about this year’s conference here.

Scientific Reports

Want to know more about Scientific Reports, the online, open access, primary research publication covering all areas of natural science? Well now you can in this explainer video below:

You can submit your reasearch today at http://www.nature.com/scientificreports

Farewell 

After many years working for nature.com (and superceding all of us!),  Joanna Scott, will be moving onto pastures new. We would like to thank Joanna for all of her efforts on the London Blog and across Nature Network and we wish her well in her new job.

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