Most academic scientists are trained to believe that our skillsets and expertise are limited to our own academic focus, but they are completely independent of our field.
The current process for material transfer agreements involves way too much paperwork and puts unnecessary stress on both researchers and technology transfer offices.
There is a clear need for additional training at all levels, but uncertainty remains as to how to deliver it all in a fair and systematic way.
Once you know what type of brand you are aiming for, you can identify the values that your team should embrace.
While the advantages of preprint servers are numerous, researchers need to be very clear about the fact that these findings have not been formally assessed by the scientific community.
Branding is the exercise of summarizing an organization’s culture to attract a particular type of employee, collaborator or funder.
There is an opportunity to learn from dramatic changes in behaviour that have been imposed on us.
There’s evidence that increasing diversity within science might directly enhance the scientific enterprise, but in order to do so, we need to acknowledge our implicit biases.
Some people need to be pushed to achieve their best work, but it is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
Both David and Jonathan hope that many new and good things can come from this period of lockdown.
Three scientists share their thoughts on how the scientific community can help combat racism in all its forms.
The scientific community often relies on impromptu interactions to spur where the next set of experiments might go.
We must identify and resolve the gaps in our current scientific training, and revisit and refine the incentive structures we’ve created around our scientists.
Use this time to think about your career trajectory and what aspects of your work are important to you.
In light of the current pandemic, it’s worthwhile to consider the importance of both public and private investment in basic research programs and the growing role of science in our society.
We have an incredible opportunity to explore some new virtual conferencing solutions, and have team leaders be more present in their labs than usual.
Academic mentorship is a very important part of the education and training of scientists, but it comes with its own set of unique challenges.
Many revolutionary advances in science can trace their origins to chance encounters between scientists from different areas of study that spark new ideas and thinking.
Gaps in reporting mishaps and inadequate data sharing between institutions leave universities vulnerable, the authors say.
It is very hard to practice science well, which is why it is so important to use the scientific method.