“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…”
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?
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?
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!
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!
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?
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
I have always loved sport and exercise. It's the best stress-reliever, so much fun and you can make friends for life. I spent five years involved with my university’s water polo squad although you will now find me on dry land with the local hockey club. I have also discovered yoga this past year and have found that it… Continue reading Curing disease, one pair of snazzy leggings at a time
I have only discovered podcasts quite recently. I was looking for a soundtrack for my walk to and from my placement, stumbled across the TED Radio Hour and was hooked. I started listening to them on my long marathon training runs too; I find that music gets on my nerves once the going gets tough.… Continue reading Empowering Women: The new Superwomen in Science podcast
I can’t believe my three months at the Yorkshire Museum are up already! It has been so much fun and I have learnt a huge amount about geology, history and how a museum actually runs behind the scenes. Shout out to literally everyone in the curatorial team for being super patient every time I piped… Continue reading Insects, Fossils and Lava Coins: Three months with the Yorkshire Museum