Institutional blogs added to scienceblogs

By Grant Jacobs 23/06/2010

Our US-based counterpart, Scienceblogs, has added three institutional blogs:

All three are very well-known institutes that will have plenty of interesting stories to tell.

The introductory posts for the first two are up.

My initial knee-jerk reaction to the introductory posts was how similar they seemed to advertising copy!

Hey, guys, we know you’re great institutes without you blowing your own trumpets!

Seriously now, institutional blogs are a good way of advertising an institution. It’s good to see these top institutes taking science blogging seriously.

It’s almost certainly a perennial question raised of institutional blogs, but I hope that scientists writing under these institutional blogs will feel free to write in the very open, wide-ranging, style of their scienceblogs colleagues or ourselves here at sciblogs.

The introductions of these blogs also serve as a useful reminder that larger institutions have their own staff science writers, and that this is a potential source of employment for science writers. (The Weizmann Institute blog mentions that their staff science writers may write.)

The first two institutes I know of through structural biology – the atomic structures of biological macromolecules – an area both are strong in. I’m looking forward to more structural biology on the ’web (and computational biology in general), and who could resist reading more about the search for extra-terrestrial life?

HT: PZ Myers.

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0 Responses to “Institutional blogs added to scienceblogs”

  • Thank you for this; certainly something for other institutions to consider 🙂 (& yes, I’ve suggested at ‘my place’!)

  • Institutional blogs with staff scientists as bloggers (or even departmental/research group blogs) seem so obvious. Great for the institutional, great for the research groups and great for getting science out to the public.

    So why isn’t it happening? Or is it starting to happen here – I am not aware of anything.

    Our CRIs and probably most research institutes all have web sites – but they are dead boring. Adding science blogs to them would be a vast improvement.

  • Stuart thanks for the tip. I suspect these might need “interpreting” for general public consumption. (?) It reminds me that I had meant to blog about theses being available on-line at Otago, but have since moved on to other things.

  • Apparently CERN (probably best known to those outside as the people who built the Large Hadron Collider) and HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) are to be added later. I’ll update the article when their home pages are live.