Brexit: The Divorce Battle over Life Sciences and Funding

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in what could either be described as a catastrophic self-destruction or a glorious grasp at independence. Wrapped up in a state of confusion over their status in the United Kingdom are scientists from Europe and abroad. On June 8, 2017, almost one year after the referendum, SIU brought together experts in London, to talk about their concerns and current measures they are taking in academia, industry and government to make things as smooth as possible for UK science. 

A Candidate For A Zika Virus Vaccine Passes Mice Trials. What’s Next?

Vaccination is the answer to tackle many diseases and the ongoing effort to prevent Zika virus infections is advancing. The Zika virus vaccine that was recently developed in mouse models raised hopes. So, how close are we to have a vaccine that will work in humans? Find out in this article.

Enterprising Women: An Insight from Dame Carol Robinson

The numbers by which women are represented in science, business and leadership positions always lead to debate. Entrepreneurship and the extent of female involvement fits right into the same picture. In March 2017, Enterprising Oxford hosted the Oxford professor Dame Carol Robinson at their "Enterprising Women" session. Our writer Sandra Ionescu was there to find out about the ups and downs of Carol's entrepreneurial adventure. Here is what Carol's inspirational talk covered.

The Revolution of Surgery and The Rise of Technology

It's the 21st century and technology has a bigger impact on shaping our lives than ever. The same is true for medicine. There are online platforms and tools to help physicians perfect their knowledge and skills. In the second SIUConversations event in Katowice, our speakers from MEDtube told us how.

Academia's Bittersweet Box Of Chocolates: (Tr)eat With Caution!

Becoming a successful scientist, handling difficulties in career choices while maintaining the ever illusive life-work balance...Sounds difficult, doesn't it? Our guest speaker Melissa Vo at the SIUConversations event in Frankfurt has been doing it all and on April 19 she told us about how she handled this mixed box of chocolates that is academia. Here is the summary of her talk. 

"And The Winners Are..."

In this last instalment of the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition article series we bring you a short summary of the awards ceremony we held in Oxford for our writers contributing to the competition. We combined the event with a roundtable discussion Naturejobs editor and our competition collaborator Jack Leeming held with the audience. You can find the links to the winning pieces in the article.

Stepping Into A Start-Up

When he decided to enter the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, our regular contributor Devon Sheppard wanted to write about an entrepreneur who came from an academic background. He interviewed Dr Vanessa Gray-Schopfer, one of the founders of Omniscience, to get first-hand information about starting a company. Here is that interview. 

Academic-Industrial Collaboration: How To Make It Work

Progress in modern scientific research is accomplished primarily by collaborative teamwork. In this piece that got shortlisted for the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, University of Oxford PhD student Sofia D'Abrantes discusses the advantages of academic-industrial collaborations, her advice to foment successful partnerships and what you can do to encourage them.

Leaving Academia: It’s Okay, and Here is Why

In this next shortlisted piece from the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, our Frankfurt division editorial lead Dejan Draschkow brings us his thoughts on leaving academia and why it's quite OK to do so because it doesn't have to mean steering away from what you love doing as a scientist. Read on for very useful tips on how to carry on outside of academia after your PhD.

Academia, Startups, Small Enterprises: Do I Need to Choose?

SIU and Naturejobs held a writing competition back in February. Our writers wrote about their opinions on career choices, life in academia versus industry and the option of starting a company for researchers. This week we will publish the articles that were shortlisted for the competition. In this first article, Holly Reeve, a postdoc from University of Oxford, brings us her thoughts on career choices, the challenges facing her and other researchers when it comes to getting ready for the next step and how academia and industry can learn from each other.

SIUConversations Cambridge: "Meet the Founder: Pitch Perfect"

An engaging pitch can be everything when it comes to convincing your audience of the importance, novelty and potential of your ideas. In our "Meet the Founder: Pitch Perfect" event in Cambridge on May 4th, we had the chance to get tips from founders who successfully pitched their ideas to investors. Here is a summary of the enlightening event.

SIUFocus: The Power of Big Data: Advancing Healthcare in the Electronic Era

The first SIUFocus event took place in London on April 27th. Our 3 speakers remarked on the power of big data and shed light on how they use artificial intelligence and data science techniques to efficiently use it in healthcare and life sciences research. Here is the summary of what we learned from them during the inspirational event that evening.

Brain Electric

Changes in the electrical activity of the nervous system cause debilitating symptoms in patients who suffer from chronic pain and neurological diseases like Parkinson's. Electrical stimulation of the nervous system is a very promising method to overcome these symptoms. In this SIU article we discuss how and why electrostimulation holds so much potential. 

Artificial Intelligence In Medicine: When Will My Marriage Counselling Be Done By A Robot?

Asking computers about your symptoms and getting diagnosed by them are not things that you might think would only happen in sci-fi movies any more. We are in the midst of much-improved healthcare, in the form of apps and other tools, which use Artificial Intelligence. But how much computer input are we talking about exactly? In this article we bring you the latest in AI technology in healthcare and discuss the implications. 

SIUConversations Katowice Session 1: How Startups Revolutionise Diagnoses and Treatments

Thinking outside the box is beneficial in all areas of science, including medicine. At our first SIUConversations event in Katowice, Poland, we welcomed Tessa Davies from Dem Dx, a clinical support tool that works as a diagnostic educational app. The app was developed for doctors by doctors and Tessa's talk inspired us to think how a startup can be revolutionary for those involved with it. 

SIUConversations Oxford Session 3: Insight into Entrepreneurship

Starting your own company AND pursuing a PhD degree? Sound impossible? Not really. At the 3rd Oxford event of the SIUConversations series, we met people who have done it and learned about how it is actually quite possible. Here is a summary of the event and what Oxford has in store for those who want to do the same. 

Thinking (Truly) Outside The Box: Crowdfunding Meets a Biotech Startup

Thinking outside the box is a daily practice for all scientists whatever path they take. Starting their own company is no exception and in this article we bring you the interview we conducted with Dr Zografos who stepped outside of the box even further than in a typical scenario: Bringing a research idea out of an academic lab combined with crowdfunding to get a company started. Read on for an inspiring story. 

3D Food Printers: Gourmet Gizmo or Game-Changer?

In the last article of the SIU 'Sustainable Food' series we are bringing you 3D food printers. Some use already existing food to make new ones, some use individual nutrients and mould them into food and some even help grow plants! How sustainable is it to print food though? Can it be used in everyday life? What benefits does it bring? Read about the latest food printing debate of the 21st century in this intriguing article. 

Bioengineering Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria and Staple Crops: Genetically Modified Sustainability

In the third part of the "Sustainable Food" series we are focusing on nitrogen. It is one of the most important nutrients for plant growth and the environmental nightmare that is fertilisers are the primary source for nitrogen for many of our crops. But maybe no more. We are now able to use the nitrogen fixing abilities of bacteria that legumes house on other plants. Read on to find out how and what this means for sustainable agriculture.