A Message from Future of Research Canada @FOR_CANsymp

  The Future of Research is a U.S.-based organization designed to educate, advocate for and promote early career scientists. With the changing structure and distribution of funding in Canada, there is a worry that growth and sustainability of the biomedical research may be compromised.  In addition, changes in the funding structure are disproportionately affecting early career investigators. Starting in 2015, there has been a large shift in funding away from early-career researchers toward established investigators. Several training programs, including MD/PhD fellowships, have been cut. For more information read here. With the support of Future of Research, we are creating a Canadian forum to discuss outcomes specific to Canadian researchers including: Funding for early career researchers Training and transparency of career outcomes of early career researchers Increased Connectivity – how to promote conversations about research and infrastructure between universities and provinces Structure of the workforce If you would like to get involved in this organization please email FutureofResearch.Canada@gmail.com.  We are hoping to coordinate a Future of Research Canada Symposium in 2017. In addition we are looking for Representatives from universities across Canada to start local workshops and advise the national board. Thanks! Future of Research Canada Follow us on Twitter: @FOR_CANsymp...

Make your voice heard on the future of publishing in biology #ASAPBio

A very active discussion of interest to many members of the Future of Research community is how to shape the future of publishing in science. The #ASAPBio meeting, discussing ways to incentivize the use of pre-prints in biology research, is coming up at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the next 2 weeks. The meeting is being co-organized by Jessica Polka from Future of Research, and Gary McDowell will be in attendance as a representative. See the announcement below to see how to make your views known, get involved, and follow along! Share your ideas on accelerating scientific publishing with ASAPbio ASAPbio is a meeting that aims to accelerate the pace of research in biology by removing barriers to the use of preprints (versions of scientific manuscripts posted online at a validated server prior to peer review and journal publication). Preprints allow scientific findings to be posted  immediately in a format freely accessible to anyone in the world. They can help scientists get productive feedback on their work and also could serve as interim evidence for productivity. While preprints have been a key aspect of the physics community for  decades, they are not widely used in biology because 1) they are not compatible with the policies of some journals, 2) they are not officially acknowledged by many funding agencies, and 3) there is uncertainty regarding whether a preprint will be respected  as a legitimate form of communication in the biology community. The meeting will bring roughly 70 leaders from funding agencies, journals, scientific societies, and the biology community to HHMI Headquarters on February 16th and 17th to discuss concrete immediate steps and areas of...

Future of Research activists named People of the Year by Science Careers

Every year Science Careers magazine names a Person of the Year in recognition of their contribution to early career researchers. Previous winners include Shirley Tilghman, Michael Teitelbaum and Paula Stephan.   Science Careers has honored the activists and organizers of the Future of Research meetings in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Chicago as its People of the Year for 2015.   Moving into 2016, the organization is going to grow and expand, we are excited and incredibly grateful for this honor and hope to live up to expectations going forward, and growing the movement. If you aren’t already involved or aware of our work, or want to set up your own local meeting, please get in touch info[at]futureofresearch.org and explore the website!...

Winners of #FORBOS15/ASBMB Hack Day announced!

The winning entries from the Future of Research Boston 2015 Hack Day held with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have been announced! Read here in this ASBMB blogpost. Congratulations to the winning teams from Washington University in St Louis, MO and from minoritypostdoc.org!...

Future of Research features in blogpost about NatureJobs Career Expo

A blogpost about the “Future of Research: How Can We Improve Career Awareness and Preparedness?” session recently appeared in the NatureJobs blog post “Future of Research: Career Awareness”. FoR gave the workshop at the NatureJobs Career Expo in Boston, May 2015. In a similar manner to the Future of Research symposium, data was gathered to be written up and redistributed to everyone. You can look at the results which have now been published here in the Winnower, and you can also comment on the results below the article. The raw data is also available in the Supplementary Materials....