A Warm Welcome to the New IOAP Participants, September 19, 2017 12:24

We are delighted to have welcomed 24 new participants to our Institutional Open Access Programme (IOAP) since the beginning of September this year. These are University libraries and Research Institutions located around the world; from the USA and Canada to the UK, and from Norway and Spain to Greece. Well respected Universities, such as the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Arizona in the US, have signed up, while their researchers can now benefit from a 10% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC) for any papers they publish in MDPI journals, at no cost for the library or the University.

We are more than happy to see the Open Access movement growing stronger and wider every day and we appreciate the vital role which librarians, repository managers, and other scholarly communications professionals play in the field. Our communication with and service to this community is, therefore, one of our principal priorities. The IOAP is our way to support academic and scientific Institutions as well as their scholars in managing, administrating, and publishing research in an Open Access world.

The IOAP set of free services, provided by MDPI to institutions that sign up, include:

More details about the programme and a list of our current participant institutions can be found at: http://www.mdpi.com/about/ioap

Institutions which are interested to participate may do so online at: http://www.mdpi.com/ioap-form

 The full list of the Institutions that signed up in September is as follows:

  1. University of Denver, USA
  2. University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  3. University of Arizona, USA
  4. Institute of Metrology of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  5. Middlebury College, USA
  6. Touro College, USA
  7. University of New Orleans, USA
  8. University of Leicester, UK
  9. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
  10. University of Strathclyde, UK
  11. Cranfield University, UK
  12. Hope College, USA
  13. Oregon State University, USA
  14. Drew University, USA
  15. Swansea University, UK
  16. University of South Florida, USA
  17. University of Georgia, USA
  18. Arizona State University, USA
  19. University of Southern Mississippi, USA
  20. Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada
  21. Grinnell College, USA
  22. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  23. University of Patras, Greece
  24. Public University of Navarre, Spain

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Metabolomics 2017: The 13th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society, July 19, 2017 09:30

Katie E. Hillyer
School of Biological Sciences
P.O. Box 600
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

As the winner of the 2017 Metabolites Travel Award, Katie E. Hillyer, who is a Postdoc Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, presented at Metabolomics 2017. Here is what she reported from the conference:

"Metabolomics 2017, the 13th annual conference of the Metabolomics Society was held on 25–29 June 2017, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Brisbane, Australia.

The conference theme was ‘Building Bridges’, which included six themes: systems biology/metabolic modelling, natural products/metabolite identification, advancing the field, edibilomics, health and medicine and environmental metabolomics, plant and model organisms.

There was also a strong focus on engaging and supporting early career researchers and students, with 31 travel awards and prizes, the majority of which to support the attendance of these groups. Out of a total of 535 delegates, 50% came to the conference for the first time and 36% were considered early-career (including students). There were a total of 136 oral presentations and 280+ poster presentations, in addition to sponsored luncheons, workshops and social activities. Social highlights included the Early Member Network (EMN) organised quiz night and the fabulous conference dinner at the BCEC plaza ballroom (and the following dance off between attendees).

I’d like to thank both the Local and International Organising Committees of the Metabolomics Society, the EMN, the sponsors and also all the delegates for such a fantastic event."

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Congratulations for Publishing the 100,000th Peer-Reviewed Article

, June 23, 2017 12:21

Congratulations to the authors Javier Monroy and Javier Gonzalez-Jimenez from Universidad de Malaga, Spain, Victor Hernandez-Bennets, Han Fan and Achim Lilienthal from Örebro University, Sweden for publishing the 100,000th peer-reviewed article.

The article is published in the Chemical Sensors section of Sensors.

GADEN: A 3D Gas Dispersion Simulator for Mobile Robot Olfaction in Realistic Environments

Evermore pressing environmental concerns have led global actors and decision-makers to search for stricter emission monitoring approaches. As part of novel monitoring systems, robots with gas and environmental sensors are a promising solution. However, validation of such robotic inspectors is expensive, time consuming, and plagued by repeatability issues. In this article, we present GADEN (the short form for Gas Dispersion Simulator for Mobile Robot Olfaction in Realistic Environments), which combines gas dispersion and robotics simulation in a common framework. Developed under the widely used Robot Operating System (ROS), GADEN enables validation of sensing strategies with gas dispersion being simulated using computational fluid dynamics and filament dispersion theory. GADEN allows simulating complex, realistic, 3D environments for reproducible testing of robotic gas sensing algorithms. Through qualitative and quantitative evaluations, we show that GADEN is a versatile and user-friendly evaluation tool and emphasize its enormous potential for the mobile robot olfaction community.


Read the full article here: http://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/17/7/1479/htm

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