The journal Development and its publisher The Company of Biologists have announced the launch of the Node Network, a global directory of developmental and stem cell biologists.
Scientists often have a hard time finding the right people for professional purposes, whether this be committee and panel members, referees for papers and grants, speakers for conferences and seminar series, or expert sources. Another challenge is for these roles to represent the diversity of their scientific fields, an issue epitomised by male-dominated speaker lists and so-called ‘manels’.
The Node Network aims to address these challenges, helping users to identify individuals that might not otherwise spring to mind. The Network is entirely inclusive – any member of the developmental and stem cell biology community, at any stage of their career, can join. Members of the Network provide information on scientific field, model organism, place of work and career stage. They can also voluntarily provide details on aspects of diversity such as gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+ identity and disability status. This inclusivity means that the Network can be used solely from a scientific perspective, but can also help those wanting to better promote diversity.
James Briscoe, Editor in Chief of Development and senior group leader at the Francis Crick Institute, conceived the idea for the Node Network and has been working with Development’s in-house team on the project.
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