2018 Advocacy Writing Competition
As part of the BSDB 70th anniversary celebrations, Alexandra Ashcroft and Michelle Ware initiated a writing competition where first prize was a free trip to and attendance of the 77th Annual Society of Developmental Biology meeting (Portland, Oregon, USA). Katherine Brown, Aidan Maartens, Ottoline Leyser and Jonathan Slack judged the competition, selecting Daniyal Jafree as the winner. You can read his winning essay here.
BSDB Annual Spring Meeting April 15-18 2018
The 2018 annual spring meeting was held at Warwick and celebrated the society’s 70th birthday. Graduate student and postdoc talks were integrated into the main meeting as selected abstract talks (instead of the traditional symposium). Alexandra Ashcroft and Michelle Ware also assisted with the creation of a special BSDB family tree.
Building Resilience and Overcoming Obstacles
Alexandra Ashcroft and Michelle Ware organised a career workshop at the start of the 2018 Annual Spring Meeting. Eighteen of the anniversary meeting’s star studded line up of speakers kindly lead 3 roundtable discussions on a plethora of topics pertinent to a career in academia.
A complete selection of photos of the event can be accessed here.
Arts and Crafts Challenge
For the 2018 AGM’s student and postdoc social, Alexandra Ashcroft and Michelle Ware challenged attendees to build scientific models of any one of 5 themes (fertilisation, plant development, somitogenesis, cell-fate determination and evo-devo), helped along by an open bar. Megan Davey and Rita Sousa-Nunes judged the competition but had a hard time choosing winners since the models were excellent.
Prizes were donated from Abcam, Class Learning, Proteintech, Philosophical Transactions B and Biographical Memoirs, The Company of Biologists, Stratech, 2BScientific and Indigo Scientific.
A more comprehensive selection of photos can be found here!
BSDB Annual Spring Meeting April 2-5 2017
The 2017 BSDB annual spring meeting was held at Warwick, joint with the Genetics society and the British Society for Cell Biology (BDCB). Along with their graduate student and postdoc reps, Alexandra Ashcroft and Michelle Ware organised the career workshop, the student and postdoc social, a networking evening and the student and postdoc symposium. Read a little bit more about each event below.
The 2017 spring meeting, kicked off with a roundtable discussion career workshop. Attendees signed up in advance and were able to attend 3 tables for 30 minute frank discussions with the table leaders. The table leaders, who very kindly donated their time, represented a diverse set of careers including the civil service, patent law, science communication, grants management, and various stages of academic such as obtaining a fellowship.
Student and postdoc social event
For the 2017 meeting, guests were divided into random teams and challenged to build shoe towers for team prizes.
“Meet the speaker” networking evening
At the 2017 spring meeting, a new networking evening was organised with the plenary speakers to lead discussion with the graduate student and postdoc attendees. The event’s success perhaps arose because of all the free drinks provided!
Graduate student and postdoc symposium
Alexandra Ashcroft and Michelle Ware organised the annual graduate student and postdoc symposium at the 2017 meeting. They structured the session, with four fifteen minute talks and five four minute ‘lightning’ talks, and selected the abstracts.
BSDB Annual Spring Meeting April 10-13 2016
The 2016 annual spring meeting in was held in Warwick, joint with the British Society for Cell Biology. Along with the BSCB student and postdoc reps, Alexandra Ashcroft and Michelle Ware organised the careers workshop, “meet the speaker” science breakfasts, a graduate student symposium and a student and postdoc social. The careers event included a range of non-academic and academic careers. For the social, all the attendees were randomly mixed up using the ‘salt and pepper game’. The pairs were then grouped into teams and challenged to build the highest tower using spaghetti and marshmallows, and later compete at science pictionary. Alex and Michelle’s report can be found here, and Rachna Narayanan‘s review, here.