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Credit Ros Gleadow
Time to teach?
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

Has there ever been so much pressure on researchers who teach? Students expect more and more for their tuition fee, but time spent developing high-quality learning resources is time away from generating research outputs, publishing papers and writing grants. During the SEB+ session ‘The Teaching-Research Nexus’, organised by Graham Scott and George Littlejohn at the SEB Annual Meeting in Gothenburg, we discussed inventive ways researchers can balance this see-saw of responsibilities.

Careers Day
Communicating your personal brand
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

In today’s competitive job market, knowing how to communicate effectively has never been more important – whether it’s your research results or your personal qualities. During our pre-conference careers day at the 2017 SEB Annual Meeting in Gothenburg, early career delegates received a masterclass in getting themselves seen, heard and above all remembered, on the international science arena.

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.”