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Intern – Sarah Morson

In the autumn of 2017 I undertook my PIPs internship at The Company of Biologists, the publisher behind five major journals including Development – the journal which hosts the community site the Node. I was keen to experience the publishing side of science, and see what a non-academic career in science could be like.

Aidan Maartens (the Node Community Manager) and Sarah Morson (intern).

Why propose a topic for one of our Workshops?

Getting involved as an organiser for one of our Workshops is easy. We focus on the logistics, so you can focus solely on the science. Are you thinking about proposing a topic for one of our Workshops? Watch this video to hear from some of our previous organisers.

The Company of Biologists: who we are and what we do

The Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publisher that exists to support biologists and inspire biology.

Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle (image from the MBA Archive)

George Parker Bidder III, the founder of The Company of Biologists, was an eminent marine biologist. While working at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth in the early 1900s, Bidder released over 1,000 bottles into the North Sea as part of his investigations into water movements (in comparison with the direction of plaice migration). The majority were trawled up by fishermen, but some of the bottles were presumed to be lost for ever.

Paresh Vyas

Today Paresh Vyas is Professor of Haematology and Honorary Consultant Haematologist as well as Group Leader at the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit in Oxford, UK. He runs a clinical practice in myeloid disorders (especially Acute Myeloid Leukaemia) and has research interests including haematological defect in MDS and AML, in adults and children with Down Syndrome.

He first studied medicine at Cambridge University, before moving on

PIPS intern − Caitlin McQueen

I carried out my PIPS placement at The Company of Biologists – a decision largely driven by my interest in gaining insight into the publishing process in preparation for submitting my own articles, and also to find out more about publishing as an alternative career path after my PhD.

Katherine Brown (Development),  Caitlin McQueen (intern), Rachel Hackett (Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open) and Sharon Ahmad (Journal of Cell Science).

Why apply for a funded place at one of our Workshops?

Early-career scientists can apply for a funded place at one of our Workshops. This is a great opportunity that could enhance your career in various ways. Watch the video to hear from some of our previous attendees on why they applied and how it has benefited them.

Camille Viaut, a PIPS intern from the University of East Anglia

“This internship was a great introduction to the Publishing world. I worked in a nice and stimulating environment, as part of a team, and was supervised by two mentors who helped me to complete my projects and answered all my questions. I think that was a very good experience for me, as a PhD student, working in a completely different but still science-related field.”

Intern – Rebekah Tillotson

In summer 2015, I carried out my PIPS at The Company of Biologists, a not-for-profit publisher producing five well regarded life science journals. I wanted to gain insight into scientific publishing to give me an advantaged position when thinking about how to publish my own research as an academic, and to gain experience in this sector as a possible career option.

Image - story Rebekah Tillotson

Sharon Ahmad (Journal of Cell Science), Rebekah Tillotson (intern), Katherine Brown (Development) and Rachel Hackett (Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open).

Kate Storey

Kate Storey’s early career took her from the University of Sussex where she obtained a BSc in Neurobiology, via a PhD with Michael Bate at Cambridge, to post-doctoral research with David Weisblat at the University of California at Berkeley. Returning to the UK and the University of Oxford she continued post-doctoral research with Claudio Stern before establishing her own independent research group. In 2000, she moved her group to the College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

Kate has been a director of The Company of Biologists since

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