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Engaging Chinese biologists with WeChat

Social media gets a hard time these days, and in some instances rightly so. For the scientific community however, it’s a powerful platform for informal science communication and fruitful collaborations.

16 years of Open Access publishing: our OA journey

There has been a profound change in the scholarly communication landscape 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 to libraries, funding organisations, publishers and authors alike.

A tribute to Professor Simon Maddrell

Professor Simon Maddrell’s distinguished career has long been intertwined with the history of The Company of Biologists. It is with great sadness that we learned of his death in September.

A time of turmoil for young scientists

Over the last few months, we’ve heard about lab shutdowns, cancelled fieldtrips and virtual PhD defences, but what about the students caught in the middle? With worldwide freezing hires in academia and funding uncertainty, it’s a time of great turmoil for our young scientists.

A day in the life of a returning spider lab

Alistair McGregor’s group at Oxford Brookes University, UK, uses Drosophila and the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum to understand how different shapes and sizes of animals evolve. Back in 2016, two PhD students in Alistair’s lab shared a day in the life of a spider lab.

Four years and one pandemic later, we caught up with Alistair to find out how his lab has responded to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

2020 at The Company of Biologists

Despite the numerous challenges of 2020, The Company of Biologists had an incredibly successful year with a lot of long-term projects and new ventures coming to fruition. Here’s a lowdown of our lowdown of 2020.

Five tips to make the most of a virtual meeting

After the success of our Development Virtual Meeting 2020, ‘From Stem Cells to Human Development’, we’ve been thinking about how to get the most out of a virtual meeting.

Our Editors have attended a lot of virtual events over the last few months, and between them have a lot of useful advice. So, here are our five top tips for attending a virtual meeting.

Behind the scenes of Development Meeting 2020: From Stem Cells to Human Development

The Company of Biologists is well known for its Meetings and Workshops, which gather biologists from around the world to share, learn and collaborate. When COVID-19 hit, the Events Team knew they would have to start planning virtual events. So what was it like to reconfigure a highly anticipated Meeting into a virtual format?

The Company of Biologists commits to the Transformative Journal approach

The Company of Biologists is the first not-for-profit publisher to commit to this approach.

Supporting communities at The Company of Biologists

Throughout all fields of biology there are vibrant, active and engaged communities. Social media, email, video chat and webinars mix with personal interactions as the basis of collaborations.

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