Rigor and Reproducibility

The NIH (USA, National Institutes of Health) has opened a new web site on the subject, which although focused on Biomedical research, provides a good account of current trends and problems, how to overcome them and guidelines that could be easily adapted for the rest of the Biosciences including UV-related research on plants.

Rigor and Reproducibility  at NIH (USA)

I propose that we follow the example of the Biophysical Society and write our own version of the guidelines adapted to the needs and problems of Plant UV-photobiology. Please give feedback on this idea by leaving a reply or comment.

International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. (Quote from the IYL 2015 fact sheet)

IYL 20152015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015)

There is a web site for IYL 2015 and many activities planned. In the section Science Stories there seem to be an opportunity for members of UV4Plants to contribute. The ESP congress in Aveiro I wrote about in the previous post is one of the events listed as part of the IYL 2015.