Lucy Marcus is Founder and CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting, Ltd, a company that endeavours to foster sustainable success for funding organisations. She is non-executive chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund and chair of the audit committee for BioCity Nottingham. She talked to David Bradley about the downside to science spending cuts in the UK.
The pioneering space mission Cluster celebrates 10 years of discovery with a workshop held on the island of Corfu in Greece. The meeting brought together over 170 scientists from across the world.
Russian history advances in concentric circles – repeating the same mistakes (or courageous attempts). Once more the Russian government believes that lust and money is enough to realise the qualitative changes that the Russia economy needs.
Joint research with partners from various countries throughout Europe and beyond is becoming more and more routine. While cooperation is possible by phone, e-mail and online conferences, personal contact, exchange of results or the utilisation of laboratory Read more […]
During Pope Benedict’s recent visit to Britain, relations between science and religion have been brought into focus.
This June, I found out that I was going to ESOF 2010 – I was lucky to get a EuroScience travel grant as a young science journalist. I was eager to attend this forum, because I felt it was a great example of science communication, as well as an interesting Read more […]
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), with its multitude of accelerators, has opened up the possibility for scientists to answer some huge questions. I imagine CERN’s To Do list to read something like “1 – understand the intricacies of the Big Bang, 2 – find the Higgs boson, 3 – figure out dark matter, 4 – unify fundamental forces.” However, there is one underlying question that is arguably even more challenging – “How are we going to pay for all this?”
There are a surprising number of European countries with space programmes, especially if compared to the days of the cold war when the US and USSR led the race. Germany (DLR), France (CNES), the Netherlands (SRON), Norway (NSC), and Sweden (SNSB) all have current projects underway, as well as the umbrella pan-European organisation, ESA, which has 18 member states and six cooperating states, which includes, interestingly, Canada.
Yes, you are the Organisation. It doesn’t matter if you are a member of EuroScience, the European Society for Evolutionary Biology or of the European Association for Music in Schools – you as a member define the organisation from within.
You know that you’re not reporting on an ordinary science meeting when a waiter drops penne and tomato sauce on your notes. But then, this is Italy.
At ESOF 2010, everything was well organised and planned, the speakers were impeccable, and the sessions were varied, and multidisciplinary.
Mobile phones that can send and receive scent are part of a wider topic of digital scents, fragranced e-mails and the smell-o-web. After the initial hype, companies such as Digiscents went bust and one of the rare ones still barely surviving in the US Read more […]