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What is Dev Biol – and why is it important?

The BSDB recently initiated an advocacy campaign, starting with (1) the gradual development of the best arguments providing elevator pitches to be used in discussions, presentations, applications or publications, and (2) the collation of support resources which were first published on the BSDB website and are now present in improved version on The Node. To take this initiative a step further, I recently took an invitation by the journal Open Access Government as an incentive to write a short text that would explain the nature as well as the societal importance and impact of DB in terms that are understandable to lay audiences. Please, read the outcome of that effort here. Please note that this is only a first attempt, but I hope that it will serve as a template that can be used and further developed by members of the DB community.

Developmental Biology Advocacy Campaign

To promote Developmental Biology, we should have our elevator pitches ready at all times – whenever there is an opportunity to talk about our discipline – be it to the public, students, fellow scientists or policy makers. We have no made a first start published on the BSDB website and The Node. This is a first attempt at providing a concise rationale and ideas that can be woven into conversations about our science. We are certain that the arguments presented can still be improved and complemented and expanded into the fields of evolutionary biology and plant sciences. We would therefore like to invite you to send in your ideas, potential corrections and suggestions for improvement, additions, new arguments and/or potential links that will further strengthen the message we want to convey. Please, forward your ideas to Andreas.Prokop@manchester.ac.uk. This initiative is only the first step of a collaborative advocacy campaign, and we’ll inform about next steps on The Node and on the BSDB site.