Spreading the word about our Sustainable Conferencing Initiative

24 May 2022

Improving the sustainability of research labs and scientific conferences is crucial given the threat of climate change, and the recent advent of remote meetings has helped bring this issue to the forefront. In response to this, we launched our Sustainable Conferencing Initiative in October 2020 to offer guidance and support on the sustainability of events. Viktoria Lamprinaki, our Sustainability Officer, recently attended two meetings to discuss this initiative and to meet with others working in the field of sustainability.

Reconnecting with our authors at the first Crick Rare Diseases Conference

10 March 2022

On 28 February 2022, our Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM) journal team attended the first Rare Diseases Conference at the Francis Crick Institute, London. This hybrid meeting was organised by Professor Veronica Kinsler, Professor John Achermann, Professor Uta Griesenbach and Professor David Rees. Around 100 attendees gathered in person at the Crick, with more joining the proceedings online.

Reasons to apply for a Travelling Fellowship

14 February 2022

Four of The Company of Biologists’ journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models & Mechanisms – offer Travelling Fellowships of up to £3,000 to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. Here, we explain what makes our Travelling Fellowships such a great opportunity.

All three journals exceed their Transformative Journal targets for OA growth

4 January 2022

For 2021, Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology exceeded their targets for Open Access growth.

Democratising access to research – our long-standing commitment to Open Access publishing

Last updated  21 January 2022

The scholarly communication landscape has changed profoundly over the past two decades, with a profusion of new publishing and subscription models from commercial and not-for-profit publishers. The increasing importance of Open Access (OA) – making research immediately and freely available to all – has presented challenges as well as opportunities for libraries, funding organisations, publishers and researchers alike.

Reasons to organise a Workshop

1 April 2022

Working together with organisers from the research community, The Company of Biologists runs Workshops that bring together leading experts and early-career researchers from a range of scientific backgrounds, making these meetings an ideal setting for the exchange of ideas and the beginnings of fruitful collaborations. Previous Workshops have covered topics right across the scope of our journals, and we are now seeking proposals for Workshops to run in 2024. Here, we explain why organising a Workshop with us is such a great opportunity.

Back to the booth: our return to in-person exhibitions

9 March 2022

The 2022 Biophysical Society (BPS) meeting took place from 19-23 February and was the first in-person exhibition any of our journal teams have attended since the pandemic began. Familiar routines began to come back to us as we shipped our trusty booth to San Francisco and planned for flights. New procedures also became evident, such as the antigen tests required for international travel.

Online event: Promoting yourself as an early-career researcher

10 February 2022

Here at The Company of Biologists, we are passionate about advocating for early-career researchers (ECRs) and improving their visibility. To support this, our three community sites – FocalPlane, the Node and preLights – have come together to organise an online panel event focussed on ways ECRs can promote themselves.

Reasons to apply for a funded place at one of our Workshops

9 December 2021

The Company of Biologists organises Workshops that bring together leading experts and early-career researchers from a range of scientific backgrounds. The coronavirus pandemic didn’t dampen our enthusiasm, and we invested in online conferencing platforms which allowed us to host virtual Workshops in 2020/21. With in-person Workshops back for 2022, we thought it would be a good opportunity to explain what makes these events so valuable, particularly for early-career researchers.

A tribute to Dr Richard Skaer

9 August 2021

Dr Richard Skaer dedicated much of his career to the success of The Company of Biologists. It is with great sadness that we learned of his passing on 5 June 2021.

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