The Biochemist Blog

How to be better at networking at conferences

Claudia Bonfio, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

For a young undergraduate student, attending a conference could mean visiting a new country, having fun (and drinks) with other group members and grabbing as many gadgets as possible from sponsors’ stands. For an academically-grown up postdoc, together with attending great scientific talks, attending conferences means networking with people in the same field or outside of it, to create new collaborations and partnerships.

IP and Me: My experience as an intern with an Intellectual Property firm

By Meg Booth, University of Cambridge

In January 2017, I attended a careers talk where I saw a presentation given by a Patent Attorney. I was immediately captivated by what sounded like the perfect career for me in that it would allow me to combine my technical background in molecular biology with my interests in science communication, writing and client relations.

Your scales look awfully fishy

By Paulo Szwarc, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

Following the Oscars 2018 Best Picture award to Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, a weird thought probably navigates our minds: what if we had scales instead of skin? No? Maybe it’s just a crazy thought I had while observing the movie’s creepy yet astonishing “monster”, an amphibian/fish-looking humanoid looking straight out of a Lovecraft story. But let’s delve deeper into that idea, just for fun. Fish have scales for protection against other predators, offering a resistant layer that can impede easy biting from bigger fish.