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On Funding and the National Science Challenges

As I’ve learnt this year, allocating funding in science is more challenging than you might first expect. After being asked to rank a number of Marsden Fund proposals, and subsequently being surprised to find out which ones actually got the money (and those which didn’t), I realised that it’s all a bit of an educated guess, and any two people are likely to have two drastically different takes. 236 more words


Toyota, General Motors and the Quest for Quality

A couple weeks ago, This American Life, the podcast from which this blog derives its name, aired an episode entitled NUMMI. The episode covered several aspects that led to General Motors’ decline and Toyota’s increased market share among auto-makers in the United States in the 1990s. 348 more words

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Samuel Genheden enjoyed a fruitful European Biophysics Congress thanks to a travel grant from the Biochemical Society

‘As I stepped out of the small plane at the Tegel Airport a wall of heat hit me and I though that this was an excellent start to the trip. 541 more words

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Michal Handzlik attends the BCVS Scientific Sessions in New Orleans thanks to travel grant from the Biochemical Society

The annual meeting of the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS) Scientific Sessions is considered by many to be the premier cardiovascular research meeting in the world and attracts key, internationally-recognized leaders in the field. 271 more words

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Kieran Hudson attends beneficial conference thanks to Biochemical Society Travel Grant

I am a PhD student at the University of Bristol, in my final year and on the verge of writing up my thesis. This grant covered the travel costs to attend the 2015 Gordon Research Conference in Carbohydrates, which took place at Mount Snow in Vermont, USA. 262 more words

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Metrics Subject to Manipulation

Previously, I have cited the famous HBO series The Wire focusing in particular on the careerism vs. good science dichotomy. A closely related element that I failed to mention last time was the use of a single number or metric to measure productivity or effectiveness of organizations or individuals. 278 more words