By Emma Pettengale, Commissioning Editor, Portland Press
Why the molecular?
Molecular biosciences explore the structure and function of biomolecules within your cells and the processes that allow cells to live, reproduce and communicate with each other. Biomolecules are the building blocks for all life on Earth, from the simplest viruses, through bacteria to complex eukaryotic organisms and underpin the processes of transcription, translation, replication and cell function.
By Dr Matthew Brook, University of Edinburgh
The EMBO conference on ‘Protein Synthesis and Translational Control’, held at EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany in autumn 2015, is without a doubt the main European meeting for the mRNA translation field and as such, is the forum at which it is crucial for Early Career Researchers like myself to present data and gain real-time ‘peer review’ from the world leaders in the field.
By Martin Read, Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
I am a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and I attended the annual conference of the Society of Endocrinology BES held in Edinburgh, UK, 2nd-4th November 2015.
By Dr Jason King, Advanced Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Sheffield
This August I attended the 2015 International Dictyostelium meeting at Royal Holloway in London. Although I have attended this meeting several times in the past, I had only just started my own research group in Sheffield, so felt this was an important opportunity to build the collaborations that will be essential for me to succeed in my new life as a boss. Fortunately, a Biochemical Society travel grant meant that I was able to go, as well as one of my PhD students.
Find out the real winner in a game of Bacteria Combat!
By Carla Brown, University of Glasgow
In a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on digital devices, apps and ‘quick fix solutions’, how do we continue to engage the public with science? After attempting several methods of public engagement during my PhD at University of Glasgow, I believe that the solution for this lies within gamification.