July saw the 2016 Stable Isotopes in Biosphere Systems (SIBS) workshop held at James Cook University in Sunny QLD. A contingent of about 25 students from across Australia, China and the UK came together to learn how stable isotopes can be used to understand their respective systems. With patient guidance from world leaders representing a broad range of fields, students of the course were provided with an excellent mix of theory and practice, culminating in presentations of their respective group based experiments to the cohort.
Lucky for RSB, the 2017 installment is billed for Canberra and no matter what your area of research I am positive you or your students will benefit from attending. Although the thank you list is long, at RSB thanks to the Executive for providing material support, John Evans, Graham Farquhar, Hilary Stuart-Williams, Meisha Holloway-Phillips and Florian Busch for making it happen, the CoE in Translational Photosynthesis for providing limited scholarships for student attendance. SIBS 2017: if you are interested in understanding whatever system you are working on, from honours to post doc and beyond, you should come along. - Duncan Fitzpatrick