Tagged: crowdfunding

Crowdfunding a solution to a global crisis - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 22, 2017

Friday, the 19th May. Another day, another funding application rejected. My proposal? To search for new antibiotics from New Zealand’s unique fungi to help avert a global crisis that experts predict will soon be killing more people than cancer. This is the fifth time I’ve tried to get government funding for this project in the last 3 years. I’ve … Read More

Monday Micro: feminine beer?! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 04, 2016

When I first saw news of this beer shared on social media, I thought it was an early April fool’s gag. But it appears not to be. Someone really is trying to crowdfund a beverage made with vaginal bacteria. If you haven’t watched the video, ‘The Order of Yoni’* are selling the idea that you can … Read More

Kakapo researchers turn to crowdfunding - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 02, 2016

Scientists studying the rare and unusual kakapo have turned to crowdfunding to back a push to sequence the DNA of the remaining 125 birds. A campaign launched on experiment.com hopes to raise NZD$68,000 to fund genome sequencing for the nocturnal parrot. The entire project would clock in at $100,000, but with $35,500 already funded sequencing has begun on the … Read More

Busting sexism in science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 16, 2015

Science IS sexist. Fullstop. There is an abundance of evidence that it is more difficult for women working in science to get jobs, funding and published, just because they are women. So the question is, how are we going to fix the problem? Dr Nicola Gaston, Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria … Read More

The funding ‘lottery’: how many grants should we be applying for? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 04, 2012

I’ve just read a great post on the blog Serious Piffle about grant funding. The post is inspired by a paper just out in Science about the performance of “poor” and “rich” players in a set of tailored computer games. The authors suggest their results demonstrate that poor players concentrate too much on the … Read More

So just how do amphetamines work? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 11, 2012

That’s the question Ethan Perlstein, an evolutionary pharmacologist and Lewis-Sigler Fellow at Princeton University, is trying to find out. And he needs our help! Ethan is trying to raise US$25,000 on the crowdfunding platform RocketHub to find out where radioactively-labelled amphetamine and methamphetamine accumulate within the brain using lab mice. This is an important gap in our … Read More

Crowdfunding update - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jul 31, 2012

It’s been a while since I last blogged as I’ve a few new projects I’ve been distracted with of late. More of those in the near future. But for now, I thought I’d do an update on my crowdfunding effort. In May I took part in the SciFund Challenge, the brain child of two ecologists from the US, Dr. Read More

Crowdfunding with a Kiwi flavour suits our tastes – PledgeMe - Stick

Peter Kerr Jul 12, 2012

PledgeMe are the first to admit that they’re copying and tweaking an overseas model of crowdfunding, perhaps the best known of whom is Kickstarter. But the local web platform to create, collaborate and support the funding of creative projects reckons … Continue reading → … Read More

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