The network

Collective Marvelling is a network of blogs written by young researchers. We are all currently active in research and believe it is also important to share our research with the public. The more research blogs that exist the more there is out there for the world to encounter; however the more blogs that exist, the harder it gets for people to find things in the maze. This network is our attempt to counteract that problem.

When we write a post at each of our blogs we will post snippets here. If you like the look of anything you can just click on the snippet and go to the blog where the post is hosted.

We welcome ideas for development of the network. Our contact details can be found at each of our respective blogs.

Have a look around. Enjoy.


The blogs

The Trenches of Discovery

The Trenches of Discovery is a blog collectively authored by artists and scientists working actively in diverse fields of fundamental research: cosmology, biochemistry, aesthetics. Our aim is to create a mode of access to the truly astonishing discoveries occurring daily and in plain sight, yet strangely hidden, at universities, laboratories, museums, technical institutes, and so many other publicly-funded institutions of creativity and research.

Authored by James Felce, Shaun Hotchkiss and Michelle Menzies.

Blank on the Map

Blank On The Map is written by Sesh Nadathur, a theoretical cosmologist and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. It is primarily a blog about physics in general, and cosmology in particular, and is mostly aimed at the educated layman. However, it also contains an assortment of other thoughts, arguments and writings on universities and science education, economic and political issues, mountaineering and mountains, and general whimsical diversions.

Cross-Sections is a blog written by Rhys Davies, a theoretical physicist and currently post-doctoral fellow in the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford. It consists mostly of discussion about the latest news and research papers in particle physics, string theory, quantum gravity, and related fields. Some posts are also aimed at explaining some of the (hopefully) interesting and important ideas in modern physics to a broader audience.

Lumps 'n' Bumps is a research blog by Phil Bull, a PhD student in theoretical cosmology at the University of Oxford. I'm interested in how inhomogeneities affect our observations and inferences in cosmology, and what bearing the "lumpiness" of the Universe has on the dark energy problem. I also think about statistics, computation, public outreach, and the philosophy of science, and am a firmly-committed practitioner of "open science", whatever that is.

Inspiring Science is mostly about biology, with some meandering into other areas. The blog is (yet another) attempt to communicate some of the wonder and majesty of biology to non-scientists. Some common subjects include plants, bacteria, insects and evolution, as well as a running theme that humans are unique but not special. I'm also quite interested in complex systems and emergence, particularly the role they play in evolution and development.

Inspiring Science is written by Sedeer El-Showk, a PhD student in biology at the University of Helsinki.