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Science with Impact
Science with Impact: Communicating science in a post-truth era
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

In today’s ‘post-truth’ society, where facts and rationale play second fiddle to political rhetoric and emotional manipulation, the ripples of ‘alternative facts’ are felt throughout all corners of society, including the science community. How can we discuss the facts of global topics such as climate change and GM crops when celebrities and politicians are trusted more than researchers?

Diversity Dinner
Pick and mix! The power of working in diverse groups
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

Formerly the ‘Women in Science’ dinner until 2015, the ‘Diversity Dinner’ has already become a fixture at the SEB Annual Meeting. This year in Gothenburg, the event saw record numbers of men attending, highlighting the growing awareness of the need for more inclusive workforces. Our guest speaker, Åsa Nilsson Billme, director of Diversity and Inclusion Strategies at Lectia1, gave a stirring talk on the theme: “When the Why is clear, the How is easy.”

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Taking a closer look at peer review
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

The pace of research has never moved so fast, producing an estimated 1.5 million scholarly publications each year1. This brings considerable challenges for the academic publishing industry, from recruiting enough reviewers to finding the right journal for each manuscript. At our session ‘Meet the Academic publishers’ at the 2017 SEB Annual Meeting in Gothenburg, our panel of speakers, chaired by John Bothwell (SEB+ Section), offered their views on the challenges facing the industry and the key emerging trends for the future.

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Is there life outside academia?
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

Given that only around 3.5 % of PhD’s land a permanent research position1, perhaps it would be more accurate to call academia the ‘alternative’ career. During our session ‘Is there Life Outside of Academia?’ at the 2017 SEB Annual Meeting in Gothenburg, we heard from a range of speakers who had successfully made the break – and in some cases even transitioned back again.