This year saw the start of the Merimée Programme funded by the French government. The programme allows students from the three public universities in Barcelona (UB, UPF and UAB) to attend the Journées CBS2, a student 3-day conference held in Montpellier. Luckily, I was one of those picked to attend.
The conferences included short talks by PhD students, as well as lectures from internationally renowned specialists, and finally poster sessions for those of us at earlier stages in our research. Continue reading “Merimée Programme”
The facebook page, “I fucking love science” has over 4.8 million fans. Many of whom were surprised or even shocked to find out last month that the writer was a woman and apparently an attractive one at that. But is this sexual stereotyping something that we all do, consciously or otherwise?
According to recent reports young people aren’t attracted to science. Added to which, there are not enough women in science, nor men, depending on whom you ask. And those we do have are often criticised for not being very good at communicating their ideas to non-scientists, or for not being inspirational enough for our young people.
But what can we do about it? It often falls to teachers to make science understandable, interesting and attractive to their students; but isn’t it time that scientists did their bit? Well, a team of neuroscientists, led by Gareth Hathway and Ian Devonshire, at Nottingham University has done just that by sending a group of undergraduate students back to school and they were at the BNA2013 festival to explain their findings.
Collecting data from people is often a battle. Subjects don’t turn up, drop out, or your sample is only representative of all the people you could bribe or blackmail into filling out your questionnaire. But there is hope, and as with so many useful tools these days, it comes in the form of a free downloadable app.