A Life Scientists' journal for the whole of EuropeStill mixing, cultivating and cooking up your soup in your own cosy little lab? Only rarely swapping a few words with the fellows in the lab next door? If so, then you probably belong to a species of scientists that is currently approaching extinction.
These days, Life Science research in the Old World clearly has to overcome fragmentation into purely national activities. The pressure on the research community is for increased collaboration across the whole of Europe in order to remain competitive at a global level. Communication, therefore, is the name of the game and certainly one of the most important prerequisites to creating a thriving European research area that reaches from Tromsø to Athens to Lisbon.
For this reason, researchers increasingly need to know what's happening in European science and science policy. They also need a broadly accepted platform to discuss the issues close to their hearts. Providing such a European communication platform was our mission when, in April 2006, we extended the successful concept of our German language magazine Laborjournal (founded in 1994 by a handful of active life scientists in the south of Germany) by launching Lab Times, a new, free, Life Science journal for the whole of Europe.
The Team behind Lab Times
(Once they were scientists and researchers, now they are scientists and editors.)
Today Lab Times has already established itself as one of the most popular Life Science journals in Europe and is recognised as a grassroots magazine produced by scientists for scientists. Readers appreciate its magazine style and high-level journalism which is marked by independent and investigative reporting, profound and critical analyses. Written in a lively and entertaining language, it possesses a human touch that is rounded off with a good deal of humour.
Correspondingly, our online presence at www.labtimes.eu has developed into more than just a full-text digital archive for our print issues: Up-to-date editorials on current news as well as humorous and subtle pieces about European Life Science topics contribute a significant additional benefit to the webpage and invite readers to "click by" regularly and frequently.
The mixture of content, spirit and language apparently works to make both Lab Times and www.labtimes.eu a good read as demonstrated by steadily rising reader counts and click rates, and the positive researcher feedback we've received, including an email from Tim Hunt, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, in which he stated, "I like your magazine, and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading it."