Welcome to the Spring 2011 issue of the BSCB newsletter. Publication this year coincides with the Spring meeting in Kent – a joint meeting with the BSDB and the meeting has a strong focus on cell signalling, cell adhesion, cell dynamics and morphogenesis. The speaker list, husband aside, is fabulous and I hope to see you there. The Autumn meeting this year will take place in Liverpool and is all about ubiquitin-dependent degradation pathways. This meeting also has a great list of international speakers as well as short talk presentations that will be selected from poster and abstract submissions.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue – it includes a selection of reports written by students awarded BSCB summer. I love reading these reports because the students are so very enthusiastic about their experiences – the scheme will be running again this year and the deadline for the next tranche of summer studentships is 30 April, 2011 (see this website for details). Also, you will find inside the usual meeting reports - my favourite is the one written by Simon Fellgett from the University of York; his balcony poster presentation scene had me on the edge of my seat! One of the feature articles is the wonderful essay 'What makes us tick' by the winner of our Science Writing Competition, Jon Ankers, who will be awarded his prize at the Spring meeting. I am also pleased to remind you of the BSCB Image competition and the closing date for entries of 30 June – remember the winning entries get displayed on the cover of this newsletter and the prize money is more than enough for several drinks!
The Spring meeting in Kent marks the exit of two key members of the BSCB committee - Clare Isacke who has been our President and Liz Smythe who has been Secretary, both since 2006. A collective 'thank you so much' for all your work for the BSCB from all of us. During her time as President, Clare was committed to making BSCB relevant and accessible to younger members, especially postdocs and students; postdoc and PhD representatives were co-opted onto the committee and encouraged to set up networking events which have been really successful; and she strongly supported the summer studentships scheme, which was initiated by Adrian Harwood. Liz will be very much missed too – she is always on top of things, is constantly calm, and keeps the society on the right track. There will be a change of sex bias for the top two with Jordan Raff (Oxford) as President and Grant Wheeler (Norwich) becoming our new Secretary. Also new to the committee are: Jean-Paul Vincent (NIMR), Caroline Austin (Newcastle) and Steve Royle (Liverpool). Sean Munro and Sylvie Urbé will also stand down this year and we thank them too for their work for BSCB.
The Editor: Kate Nobes, University of Bristol