Monday, 13 April 2015

NZ's hottest researchers from 2012-2014.

Roughly two years ago I blogged "NZ's hottest researchers from 2010-2012" (updated figure), this was a list of NZ-based researchers that had published several papers that had been cited 10 or more times between 2010 and 2012.

I thought it was about time to update this listing and I had some spare time over the Xmas holidays to work on this (hayfever at my in-law's place in Taranaki laid me out for a day or two). I'm now finishing this up during the Easter holidays. Has anything changed in the past two years? I was also curious to find out which funding agencies were funding these researchers and whether the researchers they published was open access or not.

Friday, 22 August 2014

A response to the New Zealand Government's National Statement of Science Investment from the Rutherford Discovery Fellows

The New Zealand Government recently requested feedback on their "National Statement of Science Investment". New Zealand is a wonderful place to live and work. However, research and development in this country is chronically underfunded (e.g. What's So Special About Science (And How Much Should We Spend on It?). Consequently, our response is fairly predictable. Feel free to read it on figshare.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Opening up research proposals

I'm involved with a submission to the Knight News Challenge called "opening up research proposals". The basic idea is to make more funding applications publicly accessible. In the hope that this will increase collaboration, reduce unethical application recycling and generally make the world a happier and more productive place.

I think I have to practise what I'm preaching. Therefore I have made my Rutherford Discovery Fellowship Application available via figshare.

Ten suggestions for selecting a research topic

Paul P. Gardner1 and Venkateswarlu Pulakanam2

1. Biomolecular Interactions Centre and School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
2. College of Business and Law, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Selecting a research project is one of the most important decisions researchers at any stage of their career can make [1][2][3]. This is of particular importance for early-career academics. An early selection of the wrong project can have a negative impact on later career options. We believe it is very important to invest time mulling over which of the infinitude of projects we can investigate. In the following we present a number of ideas that will mitigate the risk of failure before embarking on a project. We target our suggestions for younger scientists, however, more experienced researchers may also benefit from these ideas. We hope that this will further your career goals, rather than sap your will to live.
The project management literature contains a number of useful tools for identifying good projects. Tools like SMART criteria [4] for identifying sensible objectives and SWOT analyses [5] for selecting good projects are handy additions to include in your strategic approach to research.
We have identified 10 key tools that we believe are of particular benefit to early-career scientists.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

A PhD position is available in my group!

I have one exciting opportunity for a lucky applicant. If you're interested in RNA, Bioinformatics and living in our little village on the underside of the planet then please follow the instructions in my advertisement.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Kiwis, what will you die from?

Sometimes exciting results come from chance interactions. Twitter, The Facebook, Blogs and even the occasional Conference and ensuing IRL discussions appear to be accelerating research and certainly the discussion of research. For example, Siousxie Wiles and I have discussed the "Fighting Disease" component of The Great NZ Science Project in multiple forums.  We were both frustrated by the lack of real-data that claims have been based upon, in the associated website and Facebook groups. Then at the annual NZ Microbial Society Meeting we decided to do something about it.