Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable Podcast from our Science Writing Workshop in Jan 2014

OBR Podcasts
Click on the image to listen to the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable Podcast about our Science Writing Workshop “Beyond Writing Well” (27th January 2014).

You will hear from our speaker Dr Lisa Melton, Senior News Editor at Nature Biotechnology, and several of our workshop participants.

Don’t forget that the deadline for the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable Science Writing Competition is THIS FRIDAY, 28th February!

27th Jan 2013: Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable Science Writing Workshop

Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable

OBR’s mission is to engage our academic and industry communities on-campus to foster a conversation about the health care and life sciences industry. OBR seeks to create a global network of academic innovators from across disciplines, to connect them with each other and the industry resources necessary to move ideas forward.

WISE@QMUL is co-hosting the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) London Chapter‘s Science Writing Workshop with Dr Lisa Melton, Senior News Editor at Nature Biotechnology, entitled “Beyond Writing Well: How to Become a Science Communicator”.

There are only 50 places 100 places* for this free evening workshop, and registration is open to all OBR members, not just QMUL research students/staff, so register immediately: http://www.oxbridgebiotech.com/events/beyond-writing-well-become-science-communicator/.

*The first set of tickets sold out so quickly we had to extend our booking to both Blomeley Rooms in order to provide 50 more places. That’s how much we care about you all! :)

You must be an OBR member to attend, so don’t forget to sign up for free membership here: http://www.oxbridgebiotech.com/join.

If you still haven’t clicked the above links, here are three reasons why you really should have by now:
  1. You get to hear from Lisa, an inspiring speaker with a wealth of practical advice to share about science communication.
  2. You may be recruited to be a voluntary author for the OBR Review, a top class biotech blog with over 10,000 views per month.
  3. You can identify your weaknesses in science writing and increase your chances of winning £500 cash in OBR’s 2014 Science Writing Competition.

The workshop will be followed by complimentary drinks and refreshments (sponsored by WISE@QMUL), so that you can mingle with the rest of the participants as well as Lisa, the OBR London Chapter team and the WISE@QMUL committee.

OBR flier: Writing workshop

When: Mon 27th Jan 2014, registration starts 6:30 pm, workshop starts promptly at 7 pm
Where: Blomeley Room 2, G/F, Queen Mary Students’ Union Hub, Mile End Campus, E1 4NT
Map: QMUL Mile End Campus Map (Building 34)

Closest tube stations: Stepney Green/Mile End
Bus routes: 25/205

Detailed directions:
It is extremely important that you read the campus map. The entrance to the QM Students’ Union Hub is NOT on Mile End Rd. Blomeley Room 2 will be clearly signposted once you enter the building.

  • If coming from Stepney Green Station, turn left as you come out of the station. Walk down Mile End Rd, crossing Bancroft Rd before entering the campus via the gates at the Clock Tower. Follow the path to the right of Queens’ Building (big, old building) and at the end of the path turn right and right again. You should now have the Library (you can’t miss this) on your left , and if you now look back towards Mile End Rd, the building straight ahead is the Students’ Union Hub.
  • If coming from Mile End Station, cross Mile End Rd when you come out of the station then turn left. Cross the road towards the overpass and walk down Mile End Rd, passing The New Globe pub and the canal before entering the campus. Walk around the first building on your left as you enter the campus (ArtsOne), and continue walking westwards (away from Mile End Station), passing the Law Building and ArtsTwo on your left and a cemetery on your right (no joke!). You will soon get to a circular building (Ground Café). Follow the path around it and you will see the Students’ Union Hub ahead of you.
  • If taking buses 25 or 205, get off at the stop called “Queen Mary, University of London”, enter the campus via the gates at the Clock Tower and follow the above directions for walking from Stepney Green Station.
  • Email wiseqmul@gmail.com if you need any further instructions.

Travel advice:
The District and Hammersmith & City lines get extremely crowded at rush hour, so please allow yourself 15 minutes more than expected to get to QMUL.

Finally, please sign up for our free membership to receive the latest news on upcoming WISE@QMUL events.


  • Lisa Melton obtained her PhD at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and did her postdoctoral work at the National Institutes for Medical Research, in London where she investigated thymic differentiation. She then took a science writer’s position at the Wellcome Trust and later the Novartis Foundation, contributing to NatureScientific AmericanNew Scientist and the Times among others. She joined Nature Biotechnology in 2008. — Biography from Nature Biotechnology

22nd Apr 2010: Double-blind review and representation of female authors

The WISE@QMUL April Event will be the first of our lunchtime seminars. Come along and let WISE@QMUL buy you lunch! You are also welcome to bring along your own. Lunch will be catered by the Pantry. Due to limited space, registration is required. E-mail wiseqmul [at] googlemail.com to book your slot.

12:30 pm Thursday, 22nd April 2013 in the Hub

Single-blind reviewing never reveals the reviewers’ identity to theauthors, in order to protect reviewers from author retribution. All the conference, journal, and grant processes use at least single-blind reviewing. Some also use double-blind reviewing. In addition to not revealing reviewer identities, the authors’ identities are not known to the reviewers, for most of the double-blind reviewing process. The purpose of double-blind reviewing is to focus the evaluation process on the quality of the submission by reducing human biases with respect to the authors’ reputation, gender, and institution, by not revealing those details.

Nobuko Yoshida from the Department of Computing at Imperial College London will introduce the two papers which discuss an effect of double-blind review and other review methods for improving the publication quality and gaining representation of female authors.

Editorial: Improving Publication Quality by Reducing Bias with
Double-Blind Reviewing and Author Response

Double-blind review favours increased representation of female authors

Nobuko Yoshida is Reader in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London and was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow. She received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Keio University in Japan. She then moved to the U.K., and started her life as a “mobile” researcher. She first studied concurrency theory in Manchester as a PhD student split between the University of Manchester and Keio University. She then moved to the University of Edinburgh to learn Game Semantics. After obtaining her PhD, Nobuko took a research assistant position in Sussex to study distributed mobile processes. Next she moved to the University of Leicester to take a lectureship. In 2002, she finally settled at Imperial College London as a lecturer.

Nobuko has been studying concurrency theory, type theory, logic, security, information flow analysis, functional and object-oriented programming. She is actively working on Web Services, business and finance protocols with industry collaborators.

Women need up to 20 times more publications

According to a study cited by the New York Times on Sunday, female postdocs may need to publish 3 more articles in prestigious journals or 20 more papers in less-known publications than their male peers to be considered equally as productive. Even as more women earn doctorates, they are still not proportionally represented in faculties a decade later.

NY Times Article
Study by the AAUW