Each of us gave a 15-minute talk on why the hell scientists use fruit fly in their research and what results they got. Essi’s talk was in Finnish, followed by Martin’s and mine in English. Mine was about how neuroscientists made use of the fly.
I have a new essay -in Turkish- on Finnish cooperatives, published on Herkese Bilim Teknoloji, the website of an upcoming popular science magazine. I summarize how the Finnish cooperative movement arose and developed, with examples such as the S-Group, Osuuspankki and Valio.
Having mentioned Valio, I also summarized the fodder research by Artturi I. Virtanen, who received a Nobel prize for that.
When I was a student in Kuopio, I was a member of the Aivopesula committee, made of volunteers arranging monthly neuroscience meetings. The main idea was not to just listen to a talk, but also to meet and discuss with other interested people in the university, academic hospital and so on. So first coffee and cookies were served, followed by a not-so-long talk. The function of the meeting would be completed during the buffet with free snacks and beer.
It was great pleasure to do the shopping, prepare the snacks, chop the salads and prepare the buffet once a month with friends. And next week, I will have the privilege of giving the talk.
As far as I know, there is no Drosophila researcher in Kuopio, and I will try to convince the audience that Drosophila melanogaster is useful for neuroscience research, with some historical examples and some from our recent paper (Yalgin et al., 2015).