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News from the environmental biotech network

Our sister network EBNet have just launched the following items:

Green Stories writing competitions are a series of free writing competitions across various formats to solicit stories that showcase what a sustainable society might look like. The latest short story competition is sponsored by EBNet. The theme is Microbes to the Rescue!

The competition aims to use fiction to raise awareness of environmental biotechnology and what microbial systems can do for us! 

Deadline: 21 September 2023. £500 prize (or local currency equivalent) plus runners up prizes of £200 for 2nd place and £100 for 3rd place.

See here for details on how to enter.

EBNet report: Reflections on the move to a double-blind Proof of Concept Call

Recent criticisms within academia and a strong focus on EDI initiatives have highlighted anxieties about inequalities in the workplace. Our diverse research community needs to be assured that we take inclusion seriously and aim to safeguard the quality of funded research by eliminating, wherever possible, opportunities for bias in our processes. With these concerns in mind, EBNet moved to a ‘double-blind’ system for our 2022 Proof of Concept funding call. The complete report on the process is available here.

Also, the EBNet fourth PoC call is now open – see here. Deadline: 15 August ’23. And their fourth annual ECR conference is open for registrations until 30 July ’23.