International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, here is a picture of an inspirational female scientist – Dr Sue Healy – explaining hummingbird behaviour for a Canadian wildlife documentary. (Okay, I may be biased…)

Useful guide to plagiarism

Here is a useful guide for students on plagiarism, first spotted by Christopher Ingraham on Twitter (@_cingraham). Well, an example really. From the current administration in the White House. First, an Exxon Mobil press release, then a White House press release. The plagiarised paragraph is highlighted in yellow.

For our policies on plagiarism, please visit:

I am not sure what policies the WH have in place.

One day without them

Here are two images from yesterday’s One Day Without Us day. One with, and one without, our non-UK scientists. Our building has a wonderful contingent of migrant workers, all bringing their intellectual vitality and passion to the UK, for the benefit of us all. For more details of the day, please go here.

Jobs at INRA

Here is part of a post from INRA about a large hiring they are currently undertaking. Some interesting possibilities for post-docs/early-stage researchers with similar interests to the Shuker group perhaps?

Ranked the number one agricultural institute in Europe and number two in the world, INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research – France) carries out mission-oriented research for high-quality and healthy foods, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a preserved and valorised environment.

Every year, INRA seeks researchers from all disciplines to reinforce laboratory and fieldwork teams. Researchers will be heavily involved in scientific networks and tackle environmental, economic and social issues. They are expected to strive for excellence and come up with useful, concrete applications for the real world. Individual research projects will go hand in hand with group efforts in a bid to further knowledge and innovation, in order to produce sustainably, preserve the environment, and improve human nutrition.

INRA is recruiting 32 Research Scientists (PhD or equivalent) through open competitions and offering permanent positions.

Positions are open in a wide range of scientific disciplines such as such as human nutrition, intestinal microbiota, plant genetics, animal genetics, quantitative genetics, population dynamics and genomics, neurobiology of behaviour, animal nutrition, plant ecophysiology, functional and behavioural ecology, modelling of plant cell walls, process engineering and biotechnology, systems biology and synthetic biology, animal health, life science and environmental mathematics and informatics, economics, sociology and organizational sciences. [Bold added]

For further details, please go here:

The Shuker group remains proudly European and welcomes opportunities to help researchers in Europe and beyond.