Editorial Note

"The key to finding exceptional women in science"

AcademiaNet at the 2012 ESOF in Dublin

23.7.2012 | For AcademiaNet, this year's Euroscience Open Forum was a special event: For the first time, the portal to excellent female academics presented itself in English to a large international audience. At the AcademiaNet stand, participants and journalists could meet female keynote speakers and other potential interview partners - all members of the AcademiaNet database.
ESOF is a gigantic scientific conference: Nobel laureates, researchers, delegates from the large research organizations and journalists are constantly rushing through the vast Convention Centre Dublin – and the extensive four-day programme. We were delighted that Helga Nowotny, president of the European Research Council ERC, found time to meet Carsten Könneker for an interview at the AcademiaNet stand; Könneker is chief editor of the German magazine Spektrum der Wissenschaft.
Helga Nowotny is interviewed
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Helga Nowotny is interviewed | by Carsten Könneker at the AcademiaNet stand

The convention centre is an impressive glass structure that reportedly resembles an upside-down Guinness glass. Inside, the "Debate on Scientific Publishing and Open Access" is in full swing. Panelist professor Maria Leptin, director of the European Molecular Biology Organization EMBO, and Phil Campell, chief editor of Nature, profess in surprising unison that open access to scientific findings is vital – but the framework conditions need to be sensible, and the commercial side has to be reasonable as well.
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"Debate on Scientific Publishing and Open Access" | EMBO director Maria Leptin explains her position (at the far right)
At the AcademiaNet stand, our conference video project is in full swing. Participants are asked: "What is the most exciting question that science should try to answer?" All answers are filmed, here you find a "best of":

Naturally, professor Regina Palkovits, a chemist very involved in the AcademiaNet project, takes part as well. The stand and the video project attract the attention of many participants - this is how we also get the attention of Pulitzer-winning American journalist Deborah Blum.
Regina Palkovits is interviewed
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Regina Palkovits is interviewed | by Carsten Könneker
On Saturday morning, Regina Palkovits presents her keynote talk "Biomass – a valuable feedstock of the future". Afterwards at the AcademiaNet stand, she is interviewed by Carsten Könneker and other international journalists. Later on, numerous potential co-operations are discussed with several participants.
AcademiaNet keychains
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AcademiaNet keychains
Between conference lectures, we like to tweet – an uncomplicated way to share impressions and images of the conference, as well as locate other social media activists at ESOF. And time and again, stressed out participants come to our stand for mints in small AcademiaNet tins, and for the Irish green AcdemiaNet keychains with our motto: "The key to finding exceptional women in science."   (© AcademiaNet)
Stephanie Hanel, Susanne Dambeck

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