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Calling all Librarians! How would you like to learn more about Mendeley, certify your skills, and, in return, receive a free premium Mendeley upgrade for up to 500 users at your institution?

Today we launched our Certification for Librarians Program, which is a structured, self-paced, self-study program that takes 15- 20 hours to complete with rewards offered at each level.

Library Certification RosetteWhat does the program offer you as a librarian?

  • An opportunity to deep-dive into Mendeley while following a structured, self-paced, self-study program that will take you approximately 15-20 hours to complete
  • The program is divided into three levels; each level offering a valuable benefit for your library and user community.
  • Renewable: Each year, upon successful completion of our upgrading requirements, you get to continue your premium Mendeley access at no additional cost.

How your institute will benefit:

  • After level 1: Receive a premium upgrade for your personal Mendeley account giving you access to advanced features and increased storage/group capabilities.
  • After level 2: Receive $250 worth of promotional material to help you spread the word about Mendeley on campus
  • After level 3: Up to 500 users at your institute can benefit from an upgraded Mendeley account

Benefits of a Premium Upgrade:

  • 5 GB of personal storage (vs. 2 GB)
  • Unlimited private groups with 25 members (vs. 1 private group with 3 members)
  • 20 GB of group storage (vs. 100 MB)
  • Access to advanced features, including Mendeley Suggest

We’d love to have you on board with us! Learn more about the program and sign up to start your training at the Academic Librarians site.

We profiled part of our Platform team last month, but as it is our largest team here at Mendeley, we had to break it up into two parts. To be honest, we profiled the team in three parts, with the API team taking the lead back in August.

Why is the team so big? Because all those lines of code translate into giving Mendeley the base it needs for all of the features that make Mendeley what it is today.

Read through their individual bios and find out how the Platform team helps every single team at Mendeley.

Richard Lyne

Senior Software Engineer

Richard originally studied Physics with Space Science at UCL before falling into programming as a career.
Mendeley has broken his track record of always working at acronyms.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I’m a software engineer and have worked on a number of projects from the data-pipeline, the recommender, and the API. Now I’m running the SSO project.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Definitely the people and culture here – couldn’t have asked for smarter or more interesting people to work with. And the day-to-day we have latitude to work with new technologies and practices.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I started a football team up where I live so I could play regular 5-a-side games, some stargazing, and indoor/outdoor climbing.

Gianni O’Neill

Java Developer

Gianni previously worked at Kizoom/Trapeze making transport software.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Working on the back end services for Mendeley

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Getting featured on the blog.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Losing at pub quiz

Chris Dawes

Senior Java Developer

Chris has only recently moved back to London after a stint in Berlin
working for Aupeo — an online music service. Before that he worked at
MX Telecom.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I started at the beginning of this year so I’ve been rotating around the different projects the platform team is responsible for.
I was particularly impressed at the level of engineering that’s gone in to the development-test-deployment cycle. This is pretty much the gold standard that everybody’s aiming for, with everything automated from commit through to deployment, scaling and monitoring.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
It’s a great team — there’s a really good vibe and it’s actually a nice feeling to come in to the office every day. My team-mates are all extremely talented, and there’s always someone able to help out when things get tricky.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I learnt to scuba dive last year so I’ve used all my leave so far (and possibly some karma too) to go diving in Malta and Thailand. A manta ray gliding over your head, almost within reach, is really special feeling.

 

Ed Ingold

Software Engineer

Ed is a former Anthropology student who realised paid employment was both inevitable and desirable. “Now I code. Generally not horribly,” he said.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Processing a lot of data and working out which researchers should be collaborating.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
I have fun playing around with various shiny bits of technology. Also, it’s an indoor job with no heavy lifting. Sometimes there is pizza.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Mostly playing a lot of board games.

Michael Watt

Software Engineer

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Michael graduated in 2004 with a Computer Science degree. In 2009, he decided to move to London for a change of scenery. Six years later, he’s still here and have had a number of jobs, largely doing back-end Java development in a number of domains including real estate, broadcasting, and finance.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I work on the services that power the various APIs used by Mendeley applications and third parties.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Working on diverse problems, with a team that is serious about continual improvement, on software that is used and found useful by a growing number of people.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Having a pint in a London pub; occasionally playing a guitar or piano (badly); playing with radio controlled things that fly.

Piyush Bedi

Software Engineer

Forged on the sandy hot beaches of Australia sometime in the 80s, Piyush is from a bygone era when it didn’t matter how big your data was. He mysteriously ended up on the other side of the world and must now practice as a Software Engineer to make his way back. Follow him on Twitter @grimyetcheerful

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?

I work with an intelligent team to build our internal and external software platform. This means developing RESTful services, APIs and map reduce jobs, so other people can interact with our awesome services and vast ocean of data.” When I feel homesick, I use that time to shoot down bugs (in our code).

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

The amazing speed at which we can go from an idea in our heads to operational code for other people. I’ve worked in a lot of places, but Mendeley has one of the most agile environments I’ve ever had the privilege to work in. This is no doubt due to the great team and the software architecture they have developed.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Travelling around the British Isles (See diagram) and the greater European continent, intense sports (like snowboarding, video gaming, and finding sunlight in London while carrying my wet laundry) and deciding what to eat for my next meal.

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Congratulations and thank you to Prof. Dr. Javier Alba-Tercedor!

Javier only recently became a Mendeley Advisor, but has been incredibly helpful leading seminars at the University of Granada, where he is a Professor of a Zoology, to helping with Alpha and Beta testing of our forthcoming Android app.

We also believe he is the first Professor to earn the distinction of Advisor of the Month! Prof. Dr. Alba-Tercedor’s career spans over 40 years, from when he started studying biology at the University of Granada in 1972, and from where he also earned his Master’s degree and presented his PhD, with research stops in England, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Australia, and the USA.

You can learn more about his research in this short, easy-to-understand video:

 

Where do you do your research/work the best?

As a zoologist who has worked most of my life on bioassesment of water course by using the macroinvertebrates, I have been forced to work a lot in the field during sampling campaigns. However, every day in the field needs many days to study under the microscope to identify the caught material. So our work is a mixture, with but with many hours of lab. To work in nature, and be in a river in the field, may sound great for everyone. However, during a sampling campaign, we are forced to do many sampling sites a day as possible, so we don’t have much time to enjoy the beautiful places we visit. Moreover, in autumn and winter cold days, working all day in the cold water means it is not as nice as people imagine our work.

However, the best place to work is the place where nice people are. So, having a friendly collaborative environment researchers, we can feel happiest doing our hard daily job.

What is the best part about working in research?

You always maintain interest, as much as you know, as much you need to know. To be a good researcher, the most important quality is to never allows the disappearance of child-like expression that all we have inside. So maintain the joy for life, and the typical child-like curiosity — and the most important will have fun while working.

The best part is the possibility to travel and contact people around the world that no matter the language, religion, race, etc.,  to share passion and enthusiasm!

And the worst/most challenging?

The worst probably is the unfair competition every researcher has to fight along his/her life. This unfortunately and more commonly arises from the most closely-related colleagues!

What academic/researcher/librarian would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

If a time machine existed, I would be curious to visit Charles Darwin at the latest stage of his life and stay talking with him all the evening. Just listening…

What book are you reading at the moment and why?

caddisflyAn interesting book entitled “Caddisflies: The Underwater Architects.” Because I’m now writing a paper on how these aquatic insects build their cases in special way as a survival strategy. But, in the bed before sleeping, I’m reading a thriller novel by Åsa Larsson!

How does Mendeley influence your research?

What happens to me with Mendeley it is exactly “a love history” — I fell in love with it in the “first sight!” I was using a software I computed long ago by using DBASE (II, later III) where I was manually adding bibliographical references — I had code tags, and numbers corresponding with the paper copies or reprints I have in my “physical files.”

In November 2014, I had the opportunity to attend a seminar where a nice short introduction to Mendeley was distributed beforehand. After reading it, I was motivated enough to spend four hours working with it, even before the seminar. So the day of the seminar, I was so excited and enthusiastic — I was totally engaged with Mendeley! Because I was clearly older than the others attendees, most of them started to think I was part of the panel of Mendeley’s presenters!

Since them I have been doing bibliographic fast search and maintaining new topics of collaborative research thanks to the possibilities that the shared groups have. And the possibility to have it in all my devices, including my tablet and smartphone, which helps me to read everywhere. And I have no worries in case I lose or anyone steals my computer or laptop; I’m sure I will continue having all my work.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor and how are you involved with the program?

Normally I’m extremely enthusiastic with anything I consider worthwhile, as is the case of Mendeley. I was convinced of the possibilities that this as a tool for research, so I thought I had the moral obligation to spread out its knowledge not only to my colleagues, but specially to our students, our future researchers. And I started to do proselytism with so much energy and enthusiasm that some people are wondering I’m paid for it. But believe me, I do it happily because I’m totally convinced of the goodness and possibilities.2015-02-05 11.17.18

In fact, I love your phrase “It’s time to change the way we do research.” Moreover, I have a lot of experience (and I like it) as beta tester of different scientific software and web applications, so why not to collaborate with you, and at the same time being one of the first to test new versions.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?

Mendeley is the key permitting to open the door to discover the existing research world, no matter the topic you are interested in.

Answers have been edited for clarity and length

Kristen Marhaver TED Global

Photo by Ryan Lash

We’re really excited to announce the speaker for the February edition of our Talks@Mendeley series, which showcases thought leaders from around the world to discuss science, technology and research issues with the Mendeley team and our community.

Kristen Marhaver is a Marine Biologist and TED Senior Fellow based in the Caribbean, who divides her time between developing ‘assisted reproduction’ methods for threatened coral species and working to change the way that scientists publish, organise, and communicate their research.

And while we certainly don’t hate corals (a requirement if you want to follow Kristen’s @CoralSci profile on Twitter) the latter part of her work certainly struck a chord with Mendeley, as we’re trying to do many of these same things for researchers around the world.

“I’m working to increase the power of science in society by challenging scientists and journalists to re-examine the inefficient publishing traditions of the past, challenging young scientists to approach the publishing process with fresh eyes rather than blindly adopting the traditions inherited from old academia”

Kristen’s talk: How to recognise digital quicksand: The modern pitfalls of science publishing and communication will discuss how the process of delivering scientific knowledge to the public is a wild maze loaded with unmarked traps. It will also provide some insights for scientists, journalist and publishers on how to identify and avoid those traps so that they can fulfil their noble duty of growing and disseminating the collective body of knowledge held by human society.

She will look at the reasons why science often fails to achieve its rightful place in society because of incentive systems that prevent focused and cohesive science communication to the public. One of the main issues she identifies is the tendency to treat science like a disposable product instead of a durable good, effectively reducing research to ‘click bait’ (something she recently wrote about in this Wired article).

Kristen Marhaver Diving in Curacao

Photo by Mark Vermelj

“There is also a big problem with many digital science tools that end up helping to insulate scientists instead of connecting them to each other and society in general, and with some of the current focus on open access, which can actually distract us from other facets of communication that matter for translating science for society.”

Spaces at the event are extremely limited, but if you’re in London on the 26th do drop us a line via email (alice.bonasio@mendeley.com) or the Team Mendeley Twitter Account. You can also Tweet your questions or comments to @MendeleyTalks and subscribe to the Mendeley YouTube channel to watch the live stream and video of Kristen’s talk!

Mendeleye Web Library

When you log on to the Mendeley website this week, you will notice some changes to your online library. We’ve not only given it a fresh paint job, but brought some of the features you love from Mendeley Desktop into your Web Library.

 

A quick look at the new features (along with some kicky background music):

In case the video is not working (or you’re in lab and forgot your headphones), here is a run-down of the new features:
  • Your research any time, anywhere
    We want you to be able to take Mendeley and your research with you anywhere you may need it. Paired with our iOS and upcoming Android apps, the Web Library is one more tool in your research arsenal.
  • Improved look and experience
    Your new Web Library more closely resembles your Mendeley Desktop Library and our iOS and Android apps, making it easier to switch between devices.
  • Upload and read your PDFs online
    You no longer have to rely on Mendeley Desktop to add PDFs to your library. Web Library includes the ability to upload PDFs, with accurate metadata extraction. You can also read your PDFs in your web browser.
  • Subfolder support
    Not only is your existing subfolder structure preserved in your Web Library, you can also add new ones, to help keep you organized.
  • Better performance
    You may not see it at first glance, but we’ve significantly improved the performance of your library, especially for users with large libraries.
  • Optimised for tablets
    The web library works on most popular browsers and is responsive to your tablet screen size.
This is not the final iteration of the web library, we are working on some exciting features, which are coming soon. They include:
  • Support for tags
  • Notes and annotations
  • Full group support
  • Ability to drag and drop documents into folder
  • Retina support in the PDF viewer

We will publish a closer look at some of these new features, but if you have any questions or comments, check out our resource guides, ping us support@mendeley.com, or leave a comment below!

Mendeley for iOS

 

We’re happy to announce another update to Mendeley for iOS! This release helps bring our iOS app closer to your Mendeley Desktop experience, with metadata extraction. Additionally, it includes faster and more reliable sync, and several bug fixes, which takes advantage of the new Mendeley API, especially when syncing your iOS app for the first time.

The update is currently rolling out slowly on the app store, and should be available worldwide in the next few hours.

Previously, when PDFs were added from other apps, such as Safari or Mail, users would have to manually enter metadata. This new app helps you stay organised by attempting to import the correct metadata for the imported entry.

How to import documents into your Mendeley iOS library

So how do you go about importing documents into your Mendeley library from your web browser or Mail apps?

Use the Open option to open a PDF in MendeleyIt’s also possible to add documents to your library directly from an iOS device once the PDF file has been opened in another app. This can be done by using the ‘Open in’ command from within the application you use to retrieve the PDF.

To add a PDF to Mendeley which has been opened from Mail (such a file sent as an email attachment), tap the open icon in the top right of your screen. You should see Mendeley listed.

To add a PDF you’ve accessed through Safari or Chrome, tap once on the PDF whilst viewing it. The ‘Open in’ option should be displayed at the top of the view and you can select Mendeley from the list of applications.


Mendeley will attempt to retrieve document details automaticallyWhen opening a paper in Mendeley for the first time, the app will attempt to retrieve details of the paper and populate the reference automatically. This process will only take place once. Once the paper has been added to your library, it will be available on other devices or computers after syncing.

Once it’s completed importing, you’ll be able to make use of the Mendeley PDF viewer and start reading, highlighting and annotating.


Want to learn more about the iOS app? Check out our handy guide “Getting started with Mendeley for iOS.”

Android

Mendeley_Android_mockup_v2So this is an iOS update, but we know you would ask if we didn’t tell you! Official Android app development is going very well, and we expect to release in the first half of this year!

 

 

 

Let us know what you think

Comment below, or, if you are having issues, please send send your activity log (located in the Settings menu) as our developers monitor and respond to them, or email support@mendeley.com.

 

 

Our Platform Team is easily the largest one here at Mendeley, hence the need to meet the team in two parts! But it is with good reason — the Platform team is exactly as it sounds, a firm base from which all Mendeley experiences are built. The Engineers and Developers on the team build code and work closely with other teams at Mendeley to help assess needs and address them with the right bit of software.

What does that mean in practice? Read through their individual bios and find out how the Platform team helps every single team at Mendeley! And next month we’ll profile the other half of the team. Whew!

James Gibbons

Principal Software Engineer

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James originally studied Computer Science, Linguistics and French. He’s worked in London for several years, mostly related to public transport before joining Mendeley in 2012.  Find him on Twitter @james_gibbons

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I tend to be involved in a lot of projects, trying to help explore the best ways of producing great software. I spend more time than most in meetings.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Working with such a knowledgeable and insightful team is a privilege, as is having the chance to work with some very interesting tools and ideas to build a great platform for Mendeley.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A variety of things, but in particular cycling which is common in Mendeley, and psephology, which isn’t.

Kristof Ujfalussy

Software Engineer

KristofAfter getting my BSc in Budapest, Kristof worked for a year in Hungary and
then moved to London to get his Masters. After graduating, he stayed in
London and worked at the Discovery Channel before joining Mendeley in
2012.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I’m responsible for the data-pipeline stream. I work on jobs that process various sources of data for marketing purposes and help the analytics team generate KPIs for the business.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Hackdays, relaxed atmosphere, lots of opportunities to learn.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I do a lot of stuff, but I would say the thing I enjoy most is travelling, especially to places with beautiful nature.

 

William Doran

Software Engineer
image (3)Phd in Computational linguistics -> 4yrs working for IBM Ireland (Java/HTML/JavaScript) -> Disney Uk ( Java/Javascript) -> Expedia Uk (Java) – Mendeley

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Building things: web services, APIs, deployment tooling

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Working with clever people and having the freedom to work with cutting edge technologies

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Outdoorsy stuff, (hiking, running, cycling, saving kittens from trees, etc.)

Dr. David Ingram

Principal Engineer

dmiDavid’s background is a mix between the computer industry and academia. He has a PhD in operating systems, post doc research in distributed systems and has worked for AT&T Labs and Google.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I build bridges between the Platform Team and other parts of the company, in particular with the Social Team and the Mobile Team. I work a lot on the Mendeley API, and help drive the development of Mendeley’s social network.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Being part of a really great team who share a common purpose and believe in what they are doing.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Contemporary Dance.

James Chancellor

Software developer

james.chancellor (1)James graduated from Bristol University in mechanical engineering but got into software development soon after, having always been a hobby. He previously worked for Hotels.com and the online supermarket Ocado before that.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I’m new so I’m just learning the ropes in the platform team. However the projects are well organised and it’s been straight forward to get working on stories, pushing code to production and contributing value from day one. I work on core services that support Mendeley products across all platforms.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
I appreciate the down-to-earth, friendly attitude of the team that has helped me settle in quickly. I also look forward to the support I know I have in developing my skills in the direction I want them to go.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I learned how to hang glide a few years ago and try to get into the sky as often as I can. This usually involves driving down to the south coast, strapping myself to an aluminium/dacron contraption and running off a hill.

Davinder Mann

Java Developer

DavinderDavinder previously worked for BAE Systems as a Java developer building a platform for structured data analytics

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Working on the core services that power Mendeley clients across different work streams.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Flexibility on use of technologies and being able to move between work streams if desired.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Golf and watching movies.

Víctor Fernández Peñalver

Software Developer

victorVictor was born in Alicante Spain and his interest for computers started around 1987 when his parents bought him and his twin brother a Sinclair ZX Spectrum as a birthday present. He holds a BSc in Computer Science by the university of Skövde in Sweden and a MSc in Computer Science by the university of Alicante in Spain. He moved to London in 2007 and worked as software developer in few companies since then. He joined Mendeley in 2012. Find him on Twitter @yeforriak

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
As a software developer in the platform team I’m responsible of writing software that is consumed by lots of people everyday, including other development teams as well. The daily work varies a lot, from writing more traditional Java services to Scala map reduce jobs or some parts of a recommender system using machine learning algorithms.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
My favourite thing is the opportunity to work with smart and talented people, I also enjoy practicing extreme programming and the ability of try new technologies.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like playing old school video games (ghost and goblins, new zealand story, captain commando are among my favourites). I also like to travel and practice a lot of sports including squash, skating, mountain bike, snowboarding, windsurfing, triathlon.

Dr. James Heather

Principal Java Engineer

james_and_the_roobsterUntil recently, James was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey, conducting research into computer security, and secure voting in particular. Then he decided one day he should probably open the office door and see what the world outside was like…
Find him on Twitter @drfudgeboy

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I press lots of buttons, and it makes our computers do things. When I press the right buttons, it makes our back end services work better. When I press the wrong buttons, our infrastructure generally spots it, and tells me to have another yoghurt and try again.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
As a former academic who spent most of his time writing and publishing papers, I am dead keen on supporting and promoting research. It’s really good to have a development role where the work I do helps my friends and colleagues in universities all around the world. And there’s free yoghurt.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Free time? Ah yes, I remember that. I go to work, I play hide-and-seek with a two-year-old, I change nappies for a four-month-old, and I sleep in the gaps in between. In the three minutes left each week, my wife and I are active in our church (Emmanuel, Stoughton), we like watching cosy murders (Miss Marple, Poirot, etc.), and we kill plants.

 

Nikolett Harsányi

Senior Java Engineer

DSC05765~2 (1)Nikolett is a self-taught engineer. She was keen to be a teacher, helping, teaching and motivating people. At the university, she had a lot of ideas how she could make teaching easier,
which is how she got involved in programming. “I just fell in love with programming, and I am very passionate to learn more and more,” she said.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
As a backend developer, I am responsible for developing services which are used by other people.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Very talented and smart colleagues. I have plenty opportunity to learn in a very friendly environment.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I really enjoy traveling, cooking, sewing and dancing. I’m very keen to pick up new skills in my free-time.

CongratuProfPiclations and thank you to Ethan Pullman, our February Advisor of the Month! Ethan, a librarian at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, is involved with the Mendeley team on the behind-the-scenes aspect of the Advisor Program, helping with beta testing and giving valuable feedback on new and proposed features.

When he is not being a librarian, Ethan is also a PhD student, pursuing his doctoral research in Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon. “My interest in libraries stemmed from an a desire to teach,” said Ethan. “Eventually my interest in language and culture surfaced and helped inform my research, be it in the library profession, teaching Arabic, or as I pursue my PhD.”

 

Where do you do your research/work the best? What kind of environment suits you?
My theoretical research addresses interactional aspects of teaching, language, culture, and technology. I am comfortable in various environments, but I feel that the availability of technological tools from searching to citing have really opened up the possibilities and provided me with great flexibility in the way I do research as well as my research interests.

How long have you been on Mendeley and what were you using prior to Mendeley? How does Mendeley influence your research?
Prior to Mendeley, I have dabbled in tools, including EndNote, Academia, Evernote, etc. But I primarily worked with Zotero as it seemed to combine more futures that complement the way I research. I still use Zotero, however, Mendeley’ s social networking and interactive properties (such as the ability to create groups) made it an indispensable aspect of my research work and interactions. I find myself using it more often, if not primarily, not only in my research writing, but as a networking tool, something I greatly appreciate.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor and how are you involved with the program?
To be truthful, my decision to become an Advisor stemmed from my desire to know as much as I can about Mendeley and the advisors support and network has been a great way to accomplish that. Another important reason had to do with my role as a library instructor; I felt I needed a way to gain expertise (and fast) as I address the needs of our university community.

What academic/researcher/librarian would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?
That’s a hard question; there are a few. I suppose I wouldn’t be a librarian if I didn’t want to meet Melvil Dewey. But I think what I’d love most is to meet with a panel (or a séance – since two of my panelists are dead) consisting of Dewey, Gabriel Naudé, a French librarian – considered the father of the library sciences, and Paul Zurkowski, who is responsible for the concept of “information literacy”. Together, they pioneered what we know today as library and information science.

What book are you reading at the moment and why?
lol….My reading lately – as any PhD student can attest – is primarily in journal article format and relates to my professional interest. However, I recently guest lectured on Huda Barakat’s “The Stone of Laughter,” so I had to re-read it in order to lead discussion.

What is the best part about working in research?
The best part is that I can truly say I am never bored. There’s so much to learn and so many ways to connect the dots, it keeps my mind young!

And the worst?
Good follow up question :-) The worst part is that there never seems enough time to read all there is on a topic. Oh, and the nagging feeling that what I think as innovative or important is old news to someone out there.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?
Everything! It’s a toolbox and it gets bigger — and it makes the research process so easy.

Space Exploration

Mendeley is sponsoring another thought-provoking debate at the Cambridge Union Society on February 5th, 2015. Scientists and charity experts will come together to place the necessity of space exploration in the context of other pressing global issues, with the motion being put forward is “This House Believes that Space Exploration is Worth the Cost”.

As governments worldwide are faced with tough funding decisions, what is the argument for prioritising this expensive area of research? Should the burden continue to be shouldered by taxpayers or will the emerging trend for commercial space exploration – spearheaded by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX – change everything? Google’s recent $1bn investment in SpaceX certainly points to an increased appetite in the private sector for exploring the final frontier.

Term Card

Back in October, we sponsored a debate on the issue of The Right to be Forgotten, which you can watch in full below.

This time around, the line-up of speakers discussing the issue includes the Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, Dr David Parker, Science Fiction writer Professor Alastair Reynolds and Aspiring Astronaut and Entrepreneur Christine Corbett Moran, who is also a member of the SpaceX propulsion group.

Unfortunately, previously announced speaker Adriana Ocampo, Lead Program Executive at NASA’S New Frontiers Program was unable to attend due to health reasons. Although we’re extremely sorry not to be able to welcome her in person on this occasion, she will be contributing to our Women in STEM series, so do subscribe to the Mendeley YouTube channel for her upcoming video, coming straight from NASA Headquarters! We want to keep sharing these stories from people like Adriana and Christine, to support and inspire the next generation of female scientists.

If you have any questions or comments, get in touch via Twitter (@cambridgeunion @MendeleyTalks, or @Mendeley_com) and do tune into the Live Stream from the Cambridge Union on the 5th!

Cracking the Code credit Andrew Steele

Photo Credit: Andrew Steele

Some of the best scientific discoveries have occurred over a pint. The Eagle in Cambridge is famous for Watson and Crick’s custom, while an unnamed Mendeley Advisor has confessed to me that some of his best scientific collaborations and discussions occur during his institute’s weekly “beer hour.”

So what better way to discuss and learn the latest science in layman’s terms than over a pint of…well, a pint of your choice! Mendeley is about changing the way we do research, and Pint of Science is about changing the way we discuss research, so it was a clear win on both sides when we decided to team up and sponsor Pint of Science, including the upcoming Pint of Science Festival this May.




Michael and Praveen


Pint of Science co-founders Praveen Paul and Michael Motskin tell us more about this exciting partnership:

 

Pint of Science is delighted to team up with Mendeley this year to deliver our most popular theme in the festival ‘Beautiful Mind’. Beautiful Mind encapsulates anything that is happening in our incredible brains (well, most of our brains); neural connections, psychological curiosities, how neuron wiring affects who we are and what happens when this goes wrong. Some of the best scientists in the UK will present talks on how drugs affect your brain, why people get depressed, how we recognise faces, how aging affects the brain and many more mind blowing talks. Now you understand why it’s our most popular theme!

Pint of Science Logo with GlassesPint of Science and Mendeley is a natural collaboration. The Pint of Science team has over 300 volunteer organisers based across 17 universities in the UK. Our organisers are mainly postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who are familiar with using Mendeley for managing references, papers and initiating collaborations. We are excited to work together and we hope it will continue for the years to come.

The partnership with Mendeley started by a chance conversation at an art fair between Mandy Knapp and a Mendeley fan. Mandy is an artist helping curate a unique art event ‘Creative Reactions’ for Pint of Science this year. Taking place in Cambridge, local artists have been invited to get involved with speakers and produce artworks to represent the 18 different Pint of Science events that will be happening in the city. We are thrilled to see the final exhibition in Cambridge on the 21st May.

Let me tell you a little bit more about Pint of Science. The festival takes place 18-20 May 2015. We will have around 400 scientists who will switch their lab coats for pints and come share and explain their research to the public in over 60 pubs across the UK. Each day of the festival has a wide selection of talks that will quench your thirst for knowledge. The events will take place in: Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Oxford, Southampton, Teesside and York.

What’s also special about Pint of Science is that it is an international collaboration, and while the festival is running in 11 cities in the UK, it will also be held simultaneously in 30 other cities across another 8 countries that take part in the festival. You can find more information at www.pintofscience.com.

Quiz time in the Pub credit Andrew Steele

Photo Credit: Andrew Steele

Our mission is to bring people as close as possible to the primary source of knowledge. So close that you will be able to have a chat and drink with the speaker. Each evening you can expect at least two experts presenting their research, yet every event at Pint of Science will be different. They will vary greatly and will include engaging talks, discussion panels, demonstrations, live experiments and science comedy. Between talks you can expect fun quizzes, geeky puzzles, engaging stories and other interactive activities.

Now that you know all about it and you’re feeling a bit thirsty for fresh knowledge (and a drink) come and join us for the biggest and cosiest science festival out there: Pint of Science, 18-20 May 2015 around the corner in your local pub.

 

We hope you can join Mendeley and Pint of Science for a pint of (beer/juice/coffee/etc) this May. Which talk are you most looking forward to attending?