Happy birthday to the FEBS Network!

We are one year old! If you are yet to join the hundreds of bioscience researchers from across Europe and beyond that have joined the FEBS Network this past year, find out here about registering – and check out some of our favourite content on the site from our first 12 months.
Happy birthday to the FEBS Network!

The FEBS Network in a nutshell

The FEBS Network is an international online forum for all scientists working in the molecular and cellular life sciences. Launched in September 2017, we are officially one year old! Our aim is for the FEBS Network to be a valuable resource for researchers in our field. We want to enable you to share advice, news and insights, and to connect and collaborate. Our ultimate goal is to advance progress in our research areas.

The Network features posts, videos and documents from our contributing experts, giving advice and opinion on everything from early-career issues to science policy. In addition, it invites the wider community of registered users to share their views and knowledge. The FEBS Network also hosts private networking rooms; tools for commenting, conversations, and following; and searchable member directories.

Why should I sign up to the FEBS Network?

The FEBS Network is free to join. Signing up takes just a couple of minutes and gives you access to:

  • Exclusive content
    While most of the contributions made to the Network are visible by anyone, you will see that some are ‘community exclusives’, which means they are only visible to registered users. This includes the videos in our new Spotlight channel – talks from leading researchers at the recent FEBS Letters 50th Anniversary Symposium, otherwise only accessible to attendees of the event.
  • A public profile
    All registered users get to create a profile page where they can present their research interests and more...
  • Opportunities to contribute and interact
    Registered users can also post content to their profile page. Such content is featured on the homepage in the 'Latest from all the community' section, helping you showcase your research, share your views and invite interactions with your fellow scientists. Once registered, you are also able to engage with contributions and others in the Network community, for example through commenting, liking and following.
  • Alerts to stay up to date
    Registered users can opt in to a choice of email alerts to stay up to date with Network activity that matters to them.
  • Private rooms
    Rooms so far host content for FEBS community groups or delegates attending certain FEBS events. Inside rooms, you can take part in conversations with room members, enjoy content specific to room members and identify fellow room members with whom to connect. Only registered users can access private rooms, upon invitation. Researchers interested in building an online community for their research area are also invited to apply to set up a room for this purpose.
  • Free journal access
    Network users also benefit from free access to The FEBS Journal and FEBS Letters. Simply sign up and we’ll email you details of how to access the journals. 

So, why wait? Sign up for free to the FEBS Network today! 

A birthday selection of FEBS Network posts

If you missed them, check out some of the great contributions from our experts and writers over the past 12 months:

How many abbreviations does a paper need?
By Athel Cornish-Bowden
The scientific literature is awash with abbreviations. Here’s how to avoid AO (acronym overload).

An intuitive approximation to the concept of stereoisomerism in amino acids
By Angel Herráez
Let's add exploration into learning!

International mobility: scientific communities emerge in their host countries
By Maria Jimenez-Sanchez
Exploring a new trend in scientific migration: the emergence of scientific communities bringing together researchers from the same country of origin.

Seeing triple (a short guide to experiment reproducibility)
By Brooke Morriswood
With the reproducibility crisis in science showing no signs of abating, it’s never been more important to clearly communicate how rigorously your data were obtained. 

Gender equality in academic science – why and how?
By Laura Norton
When I type the word scientist into Google Images I am met with 22 men and 12 women on my screen...

Rare diseases: a healthcare issue and rich scientific hunting ground
By Francesc Palau
Biology, medicine and science policy...

On becoming a group leader
By Evangelia Petsalaki
How Evangelia learned to stop worrying and applied for her dream job.

Surviving and Thriving in Academia – The “Ten Commandments” to Staying Sane During a PhD
By Maya Schuldiner
Doing a PhD is HARD!!! Here you will find some thoughts on how to tip the balance to the positive side, survive and thrive during this process.

FP9 needs to improve on its predecessors!
By Loredana Simulescu
Better funded and better organised research programmes are an urgent priority for the health of us all.

ESF Reloaded
By Jean-Claude Worms
The European Science Foundation (ESF) has gone through major changes over the past 8 years but has survived these changes with a new approach and mission.

Join the FEBS Network today

Joining the FEBS Network’s molecular life sciences community enables you to access special content on the site, present your profile, 'follow' contributors, 'comment' on and 'like' content, post your own content, and set up a tailored email digest for updates.