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The Ultimate Sciency Christmas Gift List

ResearcherSkills team

19/12/2016

Scientists can be a bit difficult to shop for, that's why we have put together this Christmas gift list for scientists. From the chemist to the intellectually restless kid, there is something for everyone! For the Biologist DNA earrings? Why not! You can buy them here.         Looking for an easy pet? You can get this moss aquarium here                                                                For the Chemist Any modeller around? Get them this kit here   Explore the chemistry of cooking in style with this spice rack! Get it here For the Psychologist You can surprise the ...

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How do scientists collaborate?

ResearcherSkills team

24/11/2016

Did you know that most researchers value efficiency the most from a collaborator? And that more than 60% say not to know the available range of technical services/equipment relevant to their research? And you, what do you think? We want to understand how scientists establish collaborations! Have your say in the anonymous survey bellow. And remember, if we haven't included something you wold like us to know, you can always leave us a comment or contact us via all our social media!   Loading... ...

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Quiz: Space time!

ResearcherSkills team

08/11/2016

We are back with a very exciting space-related quiz!  And remember to let us know in the comments what did you score and would you like to see in future quizzes!  ...

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Does the science publishing system need to be saved? A radical idea fr...

Dr. Ram Blur

25/10/2016

Scientists live in fear under the mantra ‘publish or perish’. This simple phrase has far reaching ramifications that many believe are harming both the reputation and integrity of science. The culture most scientists find themselves in is that their ‘value’ is measured by both the volume and ‘impact’ of their published work. Herein lie two problems. The first begins when researchers ask themselves, ‘how many papers can I get out of this?’ Most researchers, especially those in ‘un-sexy’ fields, are unlikely to ever get ‘high impact’ papers and so go for volume. At its worst, this can mean work is split up and spread thin. I’m sure many ...

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Stranger scientific collaborations

ResearcherSkills team

16/10/2016

  Synergetic scientific collaborations can bring together the best of each field and accomplish what independently would be impossible. Scientists know this and widely engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary projects but, sometimes research makes strange bedfellows.  Here some of the weirdest collaborations we found in research. We look very much forward to hear yours so leave us a comment on the blog with your experience!   Painters and physicians. Plastics art and science are not as far apart as you might think (we all remember Da Vinci, right?). The University of York is investing in collaborative work between scientist and ...

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Creating ResearcherSkills

06/10/2016

Early during our research career we realised that sometimes it is difficult to find the right collaborator with the expertise you need to complete your research project. Some other times what you are looking for (but you do not seem to find anywhere) is a specific piece of equipment and some technical help to use it. That is how the idea of creating the online platform ResearcherSkills came to us. We wanted to provide researchers with a useful tool that would help them find exactly what they are looking for in their projects. To build such a tool we needed some initial funding and, after seeking advice from the Spark’s team at the ...

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Quiz: How well-versed in science are you?

ResearcherSkills team

07/09/2016

How well-versed in science would you say you are? Dare to prove it? Take our quiz today! And remember to let us know in the comments what would you like to see in future quizzes!  ...

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Interview: Dr. Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso

ResearcherSkills team

22/08/2016

Dr. Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso started her own research group at the Centre for Plant Sciences at the University of Leeds 3 years ago. She told us about her fascinating research and the impact of her collaborative projects during this time and previous postdoctoral research at the John Innes Centre (Norwich, UK) and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (New York, USA). We meet with her at her lab to talk about collaborations and her last interdisciplinary work. ResearcherSkills (RS).-Tell us about your research interests, your lab and work during your scientific career.  Yoselin (Y).-My research interests at the moment are around intercellular ...

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Rules for a successful interdisciplinary collaboration

ResearcherSkills team

01/08/2016

Cross-disciplinary collaborations are those where different fields collide to answer a common question. Interdisciplinarity is especially important when dealing with global society problems such as food production and security or drug development. If you have been following the Horizon2020 policies you would have noticed how cross-disciplinary projects are a very important part of the massive European funding framework.  This programme puts special emphasis on “breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation” (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020). But, how to ...

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Business-University collaborations: an insight

ResearcherSkills team

18/07/2016

University-Business collaborations have a vital role in providing business with essential technical expertise and the universities with cutting-edge equipment and technologies. These two pillars of research and development have been collaborating and exchanging knowledge for a long time, but some of the aspects around this relationship can be easily improved. The Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations studies these collaborations and suggests the way to improve collaborations and help them to have an impact on society. We have highlighted the main discoveries of the review here:   Still curious? Read ...

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Happy research Peter!

ResearcherSkills team

10/07/2016

Peter is desperately looking for a specialist in water quality, worry no more Peter, go to ResearcherSkills to find who and what you are looking for! Share it if you liked it! Happy research!    ResearcherSkills team ...

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Outsourcing in science: 21st century collaboration

Rupesh Paudyal - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds

03/07/2016

As a scientist I spend a lot of my time optimising a technique that has been perfected by many others. And I know there are many more researchers that share my frustration. If all of my experiments worked the first time, I would have all the data from my PhD in less than six months. Then the question arises: how much of our research money and time do we spend optimising a relatively simple technique? I would imagine, for most scientists, the answer is quite a significant portion. Now, imagine never spending your precious lab hours to optimise a well-established technique that may not be carried out regularly in your laboratory. The idea ...

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10 Tips to improve your profile at ResearcherSkills

ResearcherSkills team

29/03/2016

Your profile at researcherskills.com is the way you present your expertise to the world! Increasing your profile views can lead to exciting opportunities and new contacts. Here we give you some useful hints to make the most of your profile at researcherskills.com.   1. Make it clear  Make clear what it is that you can do or can provide, what your technical expertise is or what piece of equipment you are offering. Accurate and detail-full profiles will attract more visits than vague ones.  2. Fill the blanks!  A complete profile always appears more appealing than a big empty space. Think about your expertise or facility and communicate ...

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ResearcherSkills, where technical expertise is just one click away

ResearcherSkills team

29/03/2016

​ Source: Olivier H. Beauchesne This is the map of academic collaborations worldwide (Olivier H. Beauchesne Blog). Each line represents a scientific publication as a result of the collaborative work of two or more researchers.  Any researcher will agree: collaborations are key in any successful project. Collaborations allow scientists to share knowledge and resources that might be out of their reach otherwise. Many will also agree that identifying the right collaborator for your project is not easy and getting started is certainly very time-consuming. It can be double this effort if you are setting up an interdisciplinary project, who ...

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Welcome to ResearcherSkills Blog!

ResearcherSkills team

29/03/2016

Welcome to ResearcherSkills Blog, the blog and newsroom of researcherskills.com, the online platform that brings together scientists and companies to offer research related services and specialised equipment to the whole research community.   Collaborations are essential in research, however many scientists struggle to find the right collaborator or equipment for their research needs outside their immediate network. We have created researcherskills.com to provide scientists with a unique space where they can create their own technical and equipment profiles. We want to facilitate the access to technical expertise, optimise resources and ...

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