About ten years ago the regional director of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) asked to meet with National Association for Interpretation (NAI) executive staff to discuss the application of interpretive services to his organization. He explained that the Republican Contract for America removed USGS funding from the United States budget in 1994 because many in Congress and the American public did not understand that this agency of scientists were responsible for much more than making maps. Fortunately, the funding was restored. USGS monitors vital resources all over the U.S. The USGS regional director expressed concern that being skilled scientists was not enough. They needed to become more skilled at helping Congress and citizens understand their diverse scientific roles and findings.
European waters were once brimming with big fish. Huge changes have taken place, and today’s fish are much smaller than only two or three generations ago.
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 […]
The Web in the 1990s, Web 1.0 you might call it, was all about content as everyone from shopkeepers to spectroscopists scrabbled to get online. The major scientific journals began their slow but steady adoption of the new access tools and community sites like ChemWeb and BioMedNet sprang up, endlessly mashing together capitalised prefixes and suffixes.
At ESOF 2010, everything was well organised and planned, the speakers were impeccable, and the sessions were varied, and multidisciplinary.
Be brave and aggressive, be prepared and be a good merchant. These so called “Viking Laws” are, in a nutshell, the advice of Zsolt Kajocsos, Deputy Director of KFKI, for young researchers who want to be successful in science. In the ESOF session on “Structured doctoral training and postdoctoral mobility” different approaches to university management of high quality academic education, research and innovation in Europe were discussed. Young researchers were encouraged to be strong and learn how to sell themselves and their research despite how their university manages doctoral training.
When there are no big sport news, political affairs, public scandals and celebrities don’t do anything too exciting Croatian newspapers turn to reporting science. Image from the Slobodna Dalmacija article This week I read two brief ‘reports’ Read more […]
For those of you who fancy a quick trip to a beautiful European city for some pre-Christmas experience here’s an idea that ties in nicely with a cool event as well. City: Belgrade, Serbia. Cool event: 11th Underwater Film Festival. One of the entries Read more […]