Give conservation a sporting chance

Give conservation a sporting chance

Alastair Driver, Environment Agency National Biodiversity Manager, has the honour of inclusion in Who’s Who for “distinction and influence” in the field of environmental conservation. He is one of the most experienced river and wetland conservationists in the UK, with a growing international reputation in the field of catchment management. If you’d told me 35 years ago, after I’d scraped through beer-and-sport-fuelled university with an ecology degree, that I was going to make a living out of conservation, I’d have suggested you should be sectioned. But the fact is that there are now literally thousands of people out there who are professionally employed in conserving and restoring our still beautiful, but quietly ailing natural environment. In fact, there are 200 of them in the Environment Agency alone.  Read more

Predators in the publishing jungle

Predators in the publishing jungle

Ian Woolley is an infectious diseases physician who trained in Australia and the United States and who works at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. He is also Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Monash University. In 2012/2013 he completed a sabbatical with the Manson Unit of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK during which he helped MSF respond to an outbreak of hepatitis E in South Sudanese refugee camps.   … Read more

Crossing the great divide – moving between academia and industry

Crossing the great divide - moving between academia and industry

Luke Devey has joined the GSK Esprit R&D Programme as a Director of Translational Medicine. He completed his medical training at the University of Oxford and worked in Oxford, Newcastle and Edinburgh before going on to do an MRC-funded PhD at the University of Birmingham. In 2008 he was awarded an Academy of Medical Sciences/The Health Foundation Clinician Scientist Fellowship, which he undertook alongside training in transplantation and general surgery in Edinburgh.  Read more

Finding an audience with social media: whether they “like” it or not

Adapted from Bik HM, Goldstein MC (2013) An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists. PLoS Biol 11(4): e1001535. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001535 (Creative Commons Attribution).

Josh Witten co-founded and manages the group science blog The Finch & Pea and works as an independent life sciences & communications consultant in Hartsville, SC. He has a PhD in molecular cell biology from Washington University in St. Louis and worked on RNA splicing regulation at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. In previous lives, he has been a rugby player, a whale-rider, and a magician’s assistant.  Read more

Research 2.0.1: The future of research funding

Research 2.0.1: The future of research funding

Just as they have transformed many societal domains, digital tools are having a profound impact on the scientific process. As the co-founder and CEO of a company (Science Exchange) that is based on using digital tools to improve science, I am investing my livelihood and my passion in the belief that the next five years will see an unprecedented amount of change in the research landscape as the technology that connects and empowers scientists improves and as research institutions more fully embrace these digital advances.  Read more

The presence of a chemical is not the same as presence of risk

The presence of a chemical is not the same as presence of risk

Dr. Schwarcz’s is currently a chemistry professor at McGill University and the Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society. He also hosts “The Dr. Joe Show” on Montreal’s CJAD and has appeared on The Discovery Channel, CBC, TV Ontario and other networks. Dr. Schwarcz has received numerous awards for his work, including the American Chemical Society’s Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry and the Canadian Chemical Institute’s “Montreal Medal” recognizing his lifetime contributions to chemistry in Canada.   … Read more