The evolving purpose of research publications has shifted from information sharing to being used as research assessment tools. In today’s world, there are challenges in reproducing research findings, which calls for robust research documentation and data sharing. This article highlights the importance of open lab environments and institute-level strategies to enhance research reproducibility.
"Genome Jaunts: Seeing animals through the lens of genomics" emerged from a collaboration between an animal enthusiast teenager, a genomics scientist, and a young researcher. This unique science book connects animal behaviour to genetics, guided by the teenager's questions, leading to a refreshing non-anthropocentric perspective, ultimately published by World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)-India to inspire young minds in exploring science and promoting wildlife conservation.
The article discusses the growing momentum of science communication (SciComm) in India and the need for further development in the field. Siddharth draws insights from his experiences at the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) 2023 conference in Rotterdam, emphasising the importance of dedicated SciComm conferences as ways to enhance the practice, foster collaboration, and address challenges faced by the Indian SciComm community.
Felix Bast is an Associate Professor of Molecular Phylogenetics at the Central University of Punjab. In this article, he describes the MentX initiative, which is a pan-India open platform for matchmaking between mentors and mentees for the exchange of ideas. The spring 2021 call for MentX is currently open with the deadline of 30 April 2021.
Praveen Vemula, entrepreneur and scientist at The Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), lists the key elements of a successful academic startup.