Attention student and postdoctoral phage biologists planning to attend Viruses of Microbes 2020 in Portugal this year! Phage Directory will be sponsoring two cash awards (350 Euro each) in collaboration with the Viruses of Microbes organizing committee, and applications are now open!
How to apply
First, make sure you submit an abstract and register for Viruses of Microbes before the deadline. Second, write a 500-750 word guest blog article for publication in Capsid & Tail, and submit it to us between now and June 30, 2020.
About Capsid & Tail
In case you’re new to this newsletter, which you’re reading right now, Capsid & Tail is a weekly phage community news digest published by Phage Directory. Its purpose is to build community among phage professionals and enthusiasts around the world, highlight diverse perspectives in the phage field, and keep everyone up to date on phage news, views, research and jobs. Its subscribers (835 as of March 2020) are made up of phage researchers and developers in academia, industry and government, healthcare professionals, investors, science communicators, and more.
Each Capsid & Tail issue features a blog-style article written by someone in the phage community. Check out PhD student Julie Callanan’s recent article on RNA phages as an example!
How will winners be selected?
If your article is approved for publication (meets our standards for quality), we’ll add your name to a draw. We’ll randomly draw two winning names, which we’ll announce at the Viruses of Microbes conference. And regardless of whether you win or not, your article will be featured in an issue of Capsid & Tail!
Who is eligible?
Any undergraduate student, graduate student, or postdoctoral researcher who is registered to attend (and present an abstract at) Viruses of Microbes 2020, and who submits a guest blog article that is approved for publication in Capsid & Tail by June 30, 2020.
Writing and submitting the blog article
Read our Guest Writer Guide so you understand Capsid & Tail’s target audience (the guide also contains ideas on what to write about, and gives formatting/word limit specifications)
As soon as you know you’re interested, send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll send you an invite to Notion, a free app you can use to draft, edit and submit your blog post, and where you can ask us questions as you go.
Why we’re doing this
We’re doing this to help alleviate financial strain on students and postdocs attending VoM, but we’re also doing it to help foster a community of phage professionals and enthusiasts that we’ve been working hard to build through Phage Directory. One way we do that is through publishing our weekly blog, and making sure it represents a wide variety of phage-related topics and perspectives. This means we aim to publish all Capsid & Tail submissions we receive through this call, provided they meet our standards for quality.
We can’t wait to see your submissions, to learn more about the work you do with phages, and to help you spread the word about the great things you’re doing!
Phage Directory-VoM Writing Award Details: here’s where you’ll find the most up-to-date award details page. Feel free to share!
Register for Viruses of Microbes 2020 here.