Here is a detailed report on my brief experience with the SACNAS meeting, aggregated as an unordered set of observations and thoughts.
Just a short while ago, I was wondering whether my students are better served attending a disciplinary meeting, or a minority-focused conference. I was given the opportunity by SACNAS to see for myself. The comments on my earlier post were helpful, and described my question as a false dichotomy. As the commenters indicated, one meeting cannot substitute the other, as they are different creatures.
I was only available to attend two-half days (on account of mountains of personal stuff, but this is not That Kind of blog). I was there...Read the full article.
Back in Sept. I was fortunate to be able to attend a philosophy of science “summit” at the University of Calgary, with talks by a bunch of the world’s top philosophers of science. I thought I’d share my notes from Eliot Sober’s talk, on the present and future of philosophy of biology. As I’m sure most of you know, Sober is a top philosopher of evolutionary biology, his book The Nature of Selection is a classic. I found his talk very interesting for several reasons. He talked about the state of philosophy of biology and its place within philosophy more broadly. I always have an anthropological interest in hearing about how people see the state of their own fields. He had a lot of advice about how to do philosophy of science, much of which encouraged philosophers...Read the full article.
The Freshwater Metadata Journal – the first journal set up to exclusively publish the metadata of freshwater related datasets – was launched online on October 8th by editor-in-chief Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber from BOKU in Vienna.
Metadata describes how, why and when a dataset was collected; by who and for what purpose; alongside any intellectual property rights (see an earlier Freshwater Blog post on the topic here). Metadata provides a rich...Read the full article.
Inspired by the awesome blog, the Thesis Whisperer and under the constant reminder that we must publish or perish, post docs from the School of Natural Sciences have been meeting on a weekly basis, on and off for the past year to sit down, shut up and write. Here is a bit of background on the Shut Up and Write ‘movement’, a little bit of what we’ve learned along the way and a big invite to any post grads, post docs and PIs in...Read the full article.
I want to let you all know about a short (5 minute) survey that we would like all INNGE constituents (i.e. you!) to fill in.
The aim of this survey is to determine:
The survey collects anonymous information (no person ID or contact is requested).
The collected data will be used to inform the new INNGE governing board and working groups, and in turn ensure that INNGE is reaching and representing the needs of early-career ecologists worldwide.
The survey contains 22 short questions, and it will take you approximately 5 minutes, should you decide to take it.
Here is the link:...Read the full article.
These two weeks are allowing me to contrast two very different kinds of meetings. As a member of the Linnean Centre of Plant Biology in Uppsala, I attended our yearly meeting last week*. The centre aims to bring together the plant biologists working in Uppsala and I was lucky that it started up in the year I began my position. Uppsala has two universities, Uppsala University (where I work) and SLU. Both have plant biologists working in multiple departments and of course on a wide range of questions. Physically, UU and SLU are not close. Although I usually enjoy the bike ride to SLU when I have a meeting, we don’t causally meet people working across at the different institutions. Joining the virtual Linnean centre and meeting people through it has given me an appreciation of the breadth of people working in Uppsala and allowed me to know my plant colleagues...Read the full article.