Woods Hole Dialogues

Animals are only part of the attraction of the Marine Biological Laboratory; the rest of its wealth lies in its people. For though science demands hours of solitary work, it also demands dialogue – something friendly, sometimes fierce, always animated. And in Woods Hole, scientific conversation springs up everywhere, from fishing boats to libraries, restaurants, streets, bars, and beaches. It is common, on late summer afternoons, to find a half a dozen researches wading at Stony Beach, gazing out at the setting sun and discussing the origins of sex, life, or universe.

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For senior scientists, the Marine Biological Laboratory offers opportunities to share ideas over chowder and beer with colleagues from around the world. In Woods Hole, scientists happily ignore institutional affiliations and collaborate freely with anyone who shares their interests.

In Woods Hole, scientific conversation springs up everywhere,
from fishing boats to libraries, restaurants, streets, bars, and beaches.

Students at the Marine Biological Laboratory have unusual opportunities to interact with each other and the senior scientists whose work they study. For all, interactions in Woods Hole are delightfully informal. Nobel prize winners interact with graduate students as casually as they would with peers. “It’s hard to be formal,” a student once observed, “in a bathing suit.”