Lorenza Giannella, Training Manager, Biochemical Society
The Concordat of Openness on Animal Research was celebrated on Monday 5th December, with the Annual Openness Awards and the 80th Stephen Paget Memorial Lecture. The Concordat was launched in UK in 2014 and quickly reached 109 signatories including Higher Education institutions, industry and other organizations, such as the Biochemical Society. Being a signatory of the Concordat involves a commitment to being more open about the use of animals in research, by clarifying details of their research and enhancing communications with the media and the public. The Biochemical Society is a proud signatory of the Concordat and is committed to communicating to our members and more widely about the use of animals in research. You can find another recent blog post on this topic here.
By James Brown, Education and Public Engagement Officer, Biochemical Society
“The future is here, but it is not well distributed.” With these words, Oron Catts (SymbioticA, University Western Australia) set the scene for not only this meeting of community DIY biologists, but also for the worldwide biohacking community. Like La Paillasse in Paris, or GenSpace in New York, the London Biohackspace is a community run molecular biology and microbiology lab, and on 17 November they held the first Open Biology Forum, London which was an opportunity for members of this community to gather and meet whilst discussing the possibilities and goals of open biology. Continue reading →
By Lucy Sharples, Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), University of Sheffield
The 1st of July 2016 marked yet another successful Open day at the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), University of Sheffield. The main research focus at this world-leading centre of neuroscience is motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
As a new PhD student here, I participated in a fantastic opportunity to reveal the behind the scenes of laboratory research to the general public including patients and carers. After a selection of talks about ongoing projects and recent discoveries, the guests were taken round the labs on a series of workstations to gain some hands on experience. Continue reading →
By Gabriele Butkute, Science Policy Assistant at the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society
The human population is expected to reach nine billion by 2050. There are pressing questions about how to ensure a healthy diet for everyone while preventing overuse of natural resources or poisoning of the land, sea and air. Biotechnology could contribute to achieving sustainability but public perception of it is often linked only with exploitation potential. Could greater visibility of biotech’s green potential effectively communicate the more complex picture and how would this influence attitudes?
By Dr Aoife Kiely, Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Neurology
The morning of the Parliamentary Links Day I woke up nervous. I’m not generally a ‘business formal’ style of scientist so the imposter syndrome fear of standing out, or going wrong loomed large. However, any nerves were dwarfed by my excitement to take part in the event and meet other delegates and find out what plans politicians had to support UK science post-Brexit. Continue reading →