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Five answers to the question ‘why plants?’

This month, Erica wrote about the growing presence of science in the public domain, and how this can only be a good thing. However, although chemistry and physics – traditionally considered ‘geeky’ subjects – have grown in popularity, the plant sciences are lagging behind. Personally I think plants are fantastic and I could talk about them all day.…Read more Five answers to the question ‘why plants?’

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7 reasons to tweet at conferences

At a recent conference I was asked why I was tweeting so much, and I felt a blog post coming on! Tweeting during scientific meetings can have several benefits both for your current research and future career. It’s easier now than ever to get online at these events. Most conference venues have wireless internet, and it’s completely…Read more 7 reasons to tweet at conferences

Christmas plants around the world

Several plant species are associated with Christmas in the UK – from holly and ivy to poinsettias and conifers. But many other plants symbolise Christmas worldwide. Here, Javier Galdon-Armero, Amelia Frizell-Armitage and Mabon Elis showcase eight of them. Oak (badnjak), Serbia Botanical name: Several species in the genus Quercus. Geographical distribution: Present all over the northern hemisphere, and obviously…Read more Christmas plants around the world

Training journalists in evidence and statistics

The Science Journalism Programme was set up by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) in 2010. Through the programme, scientists and statisticians volunteer to deliver workshops to journalism students and professionals across the UK. Workshops cover concepts such as scientific methods, peer review and statistical uncertainty in order to equip journalists with the skills to correctly…Read more Training journalists in evidence and statistics

Where does our food come from?

Last month I travelled across the county to Peterborough to help run the John Innes Centre stand at the East of England Agricultural Society’s Food and Farming day. Food and Farming day provides an opportunity for school children to understand agriculture and food production. Organisations were there from all parts of the agricultural industry, right…Read more Where does our food come from?