Brooke Morriswoodgroup leader, University of Würzburg
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Wonderful! What started as an innocent romance became a life-time struggle, that is one side of a coin. I'll be interested to read Science's response, the other side of the coin.
Oooh, that's a great idea! Looks like the Valentine's posting for 2022 is already sorted then. :-)
Couldn't read without thinking my fellow labmates and myself. Also couldn't read without laughing.
Brilliant, delighted that you liked it and thanks for taking the time to say so! There's a few other humorous pieces on the blog if you fancy a trawl through the back catalogue...
An interesting point, Brooke. Thanks!
On possible issue is that many presentations look like written papers. It is not many people that deviate from the standard introduction, methods, results, conclusions, format rather than transmitting an idea and a message in a fresher and more engaging way. Think about posters, which often have the same problem.
Hi Angel, thanks for taking the time to write, much appreciated. You're absolutely right, people often end up in a straitjacket when it comes to format. It's rare and refreshing when someone takes the time - even briefly - to step back and reconnect to the big questions before joining the (publication-focused) specifics.
I guess competition between two models is described a bit too optimistic. Have you never seen grant or manuscipt reviews downgrading your model favoring another one ultimately leading to rejection of grant money or manuscript publishing?
Hi Andreas! Yes, you're right in that for competition between models to work - in the sense of science being the beneficiary - then there is a certain level of mutual respect between labs that is essential. Without that, then you easily end up in a negative and bad-natured feud. But with that respect, it can be very productive.