Keeping your head over Christmas

There are many things that might trigger a mental battle over the festive period. It is important to find the diversion tactics that work for you. Christmas brings a lot of challenges. There can often be pressure to finish projects before the end of the year, both internally and externally. The new year also brings… Continue reading Keeping your head over Christmas


“You don’t seem very anxious…”

“I read your blog. I was like, she doesn’t seem very anxious!” It was a friendly conversation with a member of my PhD cohort. The student that I was speaking with made the comment offhand with absolutely no intention of causing any sort of discomfort, but it jarred with me.  I have been diagnosed recently… Continue reading “You don’t seem very anxious…”

What’s your elevator pitch?

I, along with probably every scientist at some point during their PhD, get a sinking feeling when someone that I don't know well asks "so, what's your PhD on?" Cue mild panic. What do you say? Total stranger: "Biology." First time meeting but with a vague idea of who they are: "Microbiology with some computer… Continue reading What’s your elevator pitch?

Is Instagram helping public engagement with science?

Those who follow me on Instagram may have seen the daily polls that I’ve been putting on my story. I’m really liking it as a way to get a little bit of insight into people’s opinions on a variety of different topics, from AI to scicomm to podcasts. The one that I found most intriguing… Continue reading Is Instagram helping public engagement with science?

SAD and what you can do about it

‘I can’t believe how dark it is’...said every British person at around 5pm on the day that the clocks went back, signalling that autumn is well and truly here. For some, autumn means cosy patterned jumpers, hot chocolate, crunchy leaves and the countdown to Christmas. For others, me included, it also means that Seasonal Affective… Continue reading SAD and what you can do about it

Communicating science with TeaTime Science!

TeaTime Science is one of my favourite accounts to follow. I chatted to Michael and Amy, who set up TeaTime Science in January 2015 as a science communication platform, to get the lowdown on how they got started, what their highlights have been and where they see it going in the future. You can find… Continue reading Communicating science with TeaTime Science!

Introducing: MicroColouring!

Adult colouring books are so popular at the moment. From passing idle Sundays to the newest 'mindfulness' tool, colouring books can solve all problems. Shops are full of them. I'm a big fan. There is something really therapeutic about it. Having said that, not being able to find the 'right' colour for a particular feature does distress… Continue reading Introducing: MicroColouring!

New Scientist Live!

I am writing this on the train, travelling back from one of my favourite science events ever. My friend and I spent the day at London’s ExCeL at New Scientist Live and it was amazing. My partner bought me the tickets months ago after seeing an ad for it in one of my New Scientist… Continue reading New Scientist Live!

CRISPR: Should we or shouldn’t we?

I’m a huge bookworm and for my birthday this year I received a copy of A Crack in Creation by Jennifer Doudna and Samuel Sternberg. I read it cover to cover in two days. The book is a first hand account of the discovery of CRISPR technology, narrated by one of the researchers who co-invented… Continue reading CRISPR: Should we or shouldn’t we?

GUEST BLOG — Communicating with all the colours of the wind

Sophie is a second year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and she has been shortlisted for the Max Perutz writing prize. Here, she give her tips for communicating your science effectively. I’ve heard it said that if you can’t explain your research so that your grandmother can understand it, then you can’t explain… Continue reading GUEST BLOG — Communicating with all the colours of the wind