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Tips for Oral Presentations at Scientific Meetings and Conferences

By Nina Lichtenberg, UCLA 4 months ago 4865 Views No comments

Conference presentations may be daunting - but it is a skill that can be honed just like any other. Our expert guest blogger Nina Lichtenberg, has shared her advice on nailing that pitch perfect presentation.

The Importance of Science Communication

By Chinmaya Sadangi, University of Toronto 4 months ago 17195 Views No comments

Are you any good at communicating what you do? And why is communicating science so important? Our amazing guest blogger Dr. Chinmaya Sadangi shares his thoughts on why communicating about science, online and ‘out there’ in world, is vital, and how it can make a difference to your own research. Find out more...

Resources for Life Science PhD students

By Sam Roome 4 months ago 3947 Views No comments

One of the things we’re most passionate about is supporting early career life scientists.

As well as publishing our PhD guides here on the blog, speaking to brilliant PhDs for our ‘Interviews with Scientists’ series, and giving our community a platform via our guest blogs, we also have a whole host of resources to help and support you once you get going in the lab. Read on to find out about them...

The Life Scientists’ Guide to Wellbeing

By Sam Roome 5 months ago 4045 Views No comments

We know you love what you do, and we understand how hard life scientists work – and that it’s often out of choice, rather than necessity. But working hard doesn’t mean you have to neglect yourself. Read our guide to find out what wellbeing actually is, and how we scientists can look after ourselves better, and support our colleagues to do the same.

The Most Common PhD Problems & How to Get Past Them

By Lizzie Mann, University of Manchester, UK 5 months ago 19988 Views No comments

When you are starting out on your PhD, we believe you need all the help you can get! As a starting place, check out this advice from our fantastic guest blogger Lizzie Mann on how to deal with some common problems that you may encounter...

How Early Career Life Scientists Can Use Social Media Effectively

By Emma Yhnell, Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI) at Cardiff University, Wales 5 months ago 4149 Views No comments

It’s fair to assume that social media probably isn’t going to go away any time soon. Which means whether you love it or hate it, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how you can use it to support your work and raise your profile – especially if you’re an early career researcher. Read this hugely valuable advice by our guest blogger Dr Emma Yhnell...

The Life Scientists’ Guide For New PhD Students

By Sam Roome 6 months ago 44649 Views No comments

As scientists ourselves, we know how daunting it feels when you embark upon on your first PhD. Especially right at the beginning, when everything can feel totally new and overwhelming.

To show you just how much support there is for you in the life science community from your peers (and from us!) we’ve put together The Life Scientists’ Guide for New PhD Students. Here, you’ll find the fantastic advice our fellow scientists have shared with us, as well as a few tips from our personal experience.

Stability of DREADD Ligands in Solution - a Review

By Sam Roome 7 months ago 726 Views 1 comment

Check out our new technical review: Stability of DREADD ligands in solution. Find out all you need to know about how to handle, store and use commonly used water-soluble DREADD ligands (such as Clozapine N-oxide dihydrochloride, and Compound 21 dihydrochloride) - and discover brand new data on the stability of these important tools.

Review on Neural Stem Cells & Small Molecules

By Sam Roome 7 months ago 755 Views No comments

Check out our new mini-review on Neural Stem Cells & Small Molecules - it includes descriptions of the small molecules commonly used in neural stem cell research, and the signaling pathways that they target...

Synaptic Plasticity Review

By Sam Roome 9 months ago 934 Views No comments

Check out our new mini-review on synaptic plasticity - including types and mechanisms of short-term and long-term synaptic plasticity, plus pharmacological manipulation, useful tables, diagrams and more...