Drawings of a new era!

Drawings of a new era!

Last May (2016) Transmitting Science celebrated the 3rd edition of the course Introduction to Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration by Dr. Oscar Sanisidro.

Science background, together with artistic skills helps to obtain accurate visual explanations of scientific phenomena. Scientific illustration becomes an important tool for science. More and more researchers include illustrations, 3D animations and vector schemes in their papers. One example is the lifelike reconstruction of the New Cretaceous mammal Spinolestes xenarthrosus by Oscar Sanisidro (Martin et al., 2015).

Scientific illustration is also essential for use in education and science outreach. Particularly, social networks (such as Twitter or Facebook) arise as essential platforms to communicate results to non-scientist audience. But also to spread information among scientists. And it is known that, images are very important. Then visual content involve an increase in the engagement rate of content published at social networks.

In order to integrate science and artistic reconstructions, students and researchers from 12 countries attended this course. During five days, they learned about the most current technological advances in this field.

Drawings of a new era!

The course was hands-on workshop and a crossroad for researchers in different disciplines (Biology, Botany, Paleontology, Parasitology, etc). They have the opportunity to practice 3D modelling applied to scientific illustration. But this course was the perfect place to promote exchanges of experience from those different areas.

Moreover, Teresa Such Ferrer attended the course as winner of one of the 2015 Illustraciencia, International Awards on Scientific Illustration. Transmitting Science is an official contributor of these awards.

Drawings of a new era!

Teresa highlighted the multidisciplinary environment of this course. This feature is linked to the wide range of possibilities for implementing scientific illustrations in different research areas but also through educational resources.

If you are interested to join the next edition (2018) prepare your pencils and take a look to our course website.

Reference: Martin, T., et al. 2015. Nature, 526(7573), 380-384.

New quarter, new courses

New quarter, new courses

Summer ended and new courses start. However, trying to make more motivational your back-to-school time, we have three new courses for the final quarter of 2016.

Regarding to our Next events section you can check the last courses planned for the 2016 and those for the next year. Before the end of this year, we include three new courses.

The three new courses are:

New quarter, new courses

Therefore, these courses will expand the scope of our courses topics, including demography, collection managements and statistical biogeography. In the course on Integral Projection Models five expert instructors from 4 different countries will guide students on population modelling as key tool on ecological and evolutionary studies.

In November, Dr. Greg McDonald and John E. Simmons from United States of America, will be involved in a 40-hours course, including laboratory sessions. The importance of the collections for research and museology is emphasized. In order to involve good practices working on Natural History collections this course will guide students on the importance of storage environment as well as the identification and selection of inert materials. But also adapting collections care standards to particular environmental conditions, and sound policies and collection planning.

Finally, our new course on statistical biogeography will cover the theory and practice of widely used methods in evolutionary and ecological biogeography. The instructors, Dr. Dan Warren and Dr. Nick Matzke from Australia will guide attenders through the practical challenges (ex. obtaining and processing geographical occurrence data from GBIF), and the assumptions that various models make.

ForBio and Transmitting Science begin their collaboration!

ForBio and Transmitting Science begin their collaboration!

We are glad to announce our new partnership with ForBio, the Research School in Biosystematics. Their main aim is training new generations of biosystematists and strengthening research in this field in the Nordic countries. ForBio has been offering courses for the last five years, and recently got funding for five more.

They offer practical and theoretical courses in biosystematics, mainly but not only, to botany and zoology students and postdocs. Their compromise with education and collaboration between research institutions makes them the right partner for Transmitting Science.

During the visit of Hugo de Boer to Spain, the main coordinator of ForBio discussed with Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno (Scientific Director of Transmitting Science) the different approaches and courses each of them had been working on and offering in the past. After sharing their interests, ideas and experiences, they decided to start collaborating.

Therefore, in 2016 Transmitting Science and ForBio are co-organizing some advanced courses related to taxonomy, systematics and other areas related to these topics. Right now, the courses co-organized by Transmitting Science and ForBio are “Introduction to Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration” in May 2016, “Introduction to Electron Microscopy for Life Sciences” in July 2016, and “Phylogenetic Analysis Using R” in 2017.

The courses will be held at any of the venues Transmitting Science has near Barcelona (Spain). ForBio offers their members free registration, as well as travel and accommodation for Norwegian members.

The common aim of ForBio and Transmitting Science is to prepare the best researchers of the next generations, and we will work together in order to continue offering high level courses and in creating new ones in the future.

Geometric morphometrics in plants hits the mark (and the landmarks)

Geometric morphometrics in plants hits the mark (and the landmarks)

Geometric morphometrics in plants hits the mark (and the landmarks)The course on geometric morphometrics (GMM) in plants in April this year, taught by Professor Chris Klingenberg of Manchester University and co-written with Ruth Flatscher at Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain), was the first successful course on this subject for Transmitting Science: Geometric Morphometrics with Plants.

The almost impossible is attempted –to be a course that is both an introduction to the subject and is challenging enough to interest academics using GMM as a tool in their research– but this is achieved. The measure of its success is that the writer of this news item was a course member and an absolute beginner before starting the course. He is now smitten with an interest in GMM.

Shape analysis has only recently become easily accessible to a wide variety of people through the development of user-friendly software, an example of which is the widely-used software written by Professor Klingenberg himself. But shape analysis in plants has a long way to go before it gets to the level of use in other disciplines. What excites the most is the realisation that there’s so much out there to be discovered using GMM with plants.

This became clear when Professor Klingenberg used examples from recent research papers and interwove them with the theory behind GMM, demonstrating the scope of applications of GMM in taxonomy, phylogeny, ontogeny, genetics and more. Data from some of the research examples involving plants were worked through software routines in hands-on demonstrations. There was also time for everyone to complete a small project with data collected in the field or laboratory.

The scope of the course was breathtaking and participants found it highly instructive and seriously inspiring.

Go to the course Geometric Morphometrics with Plants.

Portfolio Items