Author Archives: Judith Sleeman

COVID-19: important update on BSCB summer studentships

The deadline for the BSCB Summer Studentship applications for Summer 2020 has been extended until 30 April 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All applications now need to have additional and specific information as follows:

  1. If it is not possible to carry out a wet lab project due to extended lab closures, an alternative project involving analysis of cell biological data should be included.  This needs to explain how the student would access and be able to analyse cell biological data online, and which freely available software they would use.
  2. You should also include a description of how remote supervision of a student carrying out an online data analysis project will be carried out.

BSCB Writing Prize Extended Deadline: 31st March

We have extended the entry deadline for the BSCB Science Writing Prize until 31st March 2020, so if you thought about entering and ran out of time, you have another chance at a £500 cash prize! Details below. Science Writing Prize The science writing prize is open to student and postdoctoral members only. More information can be found here. If you don’t want to enter either competition yourself, but know someone who might be in with a chance, then please spread the word! The competitions are for members only, but brand new members are welcome to enter. Find out how to join the BSCB here!

BSCB 2020 Competitions: Deadline 29th February

The annual BSCB image and science writing competitions are open, with the deadline of 29th February 2020. Both have cash prizes, so if you would like to showcase your artistic or literary talents, please enter!


Image Competition

This is open to all of our members. We would like particularly to encourage entries that show cells outside tissues and sub-cellular structures. Details of how to enter, image resolution, file types and the rules and regulations can be found here.


Science Writing Prize

The science writing prize is open to student and postdoctoral members only. More information can be found here.

If you don’t want to enter either competition yourself, but know someone who might be in with a chance, then please spread the word! The competitions are for members only, but brand new members are welcome to enter. Find out how to join the BSCB here!

Interested in Cilia? This Royal Society Publishing special issue might be work a look!

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B entitled 

Unity and diversity of cilia in locomotion and transport, a Theo Murphy meeting issue compiled and edited by Kirsty Y Wan and Gáspár Jékely and the articles can be accessed directly at www.bit.ly/PTB1792 

 
A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00 per issue from publishing@royalsociety.org

BSCB Women In Cell Biology Medal 2020 winner: Yanlan Mao

Our second major award of the year, the early career award for female scientists, has been made to Yanlan Mao, Group Leader at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London. You can read more about the award here and about her work here.

Yanlan will present her medal lecture at the joint meeting of the BSCB and SCBF (French Society for Cell Biology), September 23rd-25th 2020 in Paris.

BSCB Hooke Medal 2020 Winner

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Hooke Medal for 2020 is Prof. Ian Chambers, from the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh. Ian will present a medal lecture at the joint meeting of the BSCB and SCBF (French Society for Cell Biology), September 23rd-25th 2020 in Paris. You can read more about Ian’s work here and about the award here.

New Application Process for BSCB Funding

We have recently updated the process of applying for our travel grants and summer studentships. Both are now managed through an online system, only accessible to members. You will first need to register for the online system, using your registered email address and membership number here. This will have a separate password from the one you use to manage your membership details with hg3.

Once registered, you will be able to access the online application form, fill in the outline details of your application and upload a completed full application form as a pdf. The full application forms, together with the eligibility criteria for each award can be found on the following pages:

Travel Grants:
Honor Fell/ Company of Biologist Travel Awards
Company of Biologists Support Grants
Childcare Award

BSCB Summer Studentships

We have not altered who can apply for what, only the application process.

preLists – charting the waters of the preprint sea

The Company of Biologists have announced the launch of preLists, a new initiative within preLights where early-career researchers (preLighters) curate lists of preprints for the community. These lists follow two main themes: preprints on a specific topic or preprints which have been presented at scientific meetings. Our preLighters can also add brief one-liner summaries to each preprint and topic-specific lists are continuously updated as new studies come out.

When preLights was launched 15 months ago, one of the Company of Biologist’s main aims was to facilitate preprint commenting. With 400 preLight posts published so far, and over a third of them containing comments from authors, they hope to have played a small role in promoting discussion. With preLists, they want to provide an even broader selection of interesting work, grouped into well-defined topics, including technologies (e.g. preprints on CRISPR technology, biomolecular NMR or microscopy) or narrower research areas (e.g. preprints on zebrafish immunology, cellular metabolism and mitochondria or antimicrobials).

For more details about this exciting new initiative, please click here.