Chrysalis – discussing diversity in science

By Mhairi Stewart, Public Engagement Officer, University of St Andrews

ConvEventThe Chrysalis project in the University of St Andrews, in collaboration with artist Sophie McKay Knight, has started to address issues of diversity in science as they exist in our corner of the globe.

The project started as a series of conversations. We invited established and early career female researchers to talk freely, openly and confidentially. The conversations were initially prompted by the organizers with open questions, but very soon they moved into many areas based on the experience and interests of our attendees. Continue reading

My time in science policy

By Michael Wood, Policy Intern at the Biochemical Society (January – March 2016) and PhD student, University of Leicester

VOF_MichaelIt is almost impossible to know if you will like a job before starting, by which point it is usually too late to change your mind. Internships offer the freedom to spend some time exploring a job without any long-term obligations and can therefore be a perfect introduction to a new field of work. As part of the first year of my doctoral training programme , I was encouraged to spend three months in an area of science outside of research. Admittedly, I was not looking forward to this and considered it a waste of time that could be better spent getting on with my research project. This was partially due to the fact that I had almost no idea what area I would like to do my internship in, but after talking to an older student who had worked in the policy department at Defra, I realised it could be something I would be fairly well suited for. Continue reading

Technology goes bio: enzymes to the rescue!

By Daniela Quaglia, Postdoctoral researcher at Université de Montréal

On the cold spring morning of the 23rd of March, we were warmed up by the arrival at Université de Montréal of a very enthusiastic group of students, our first for 2016, ready to experience a day in one of our research laboratories. Eleven students from the public school Lucien-Pagé were the third group to be invited to our activity Technology goes bio: enzymes to the rescue!

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Stories collide – minds meet

By Rupa Chandarana, Communications Officer, Biochemical Society

In the beautiful Round Chapel in Hackney with a freezing cold interior and an energetic glow from the presenters, this religious setting is the first event of a new partnership between The Story Collider and the British Science Association. The Story Collider brings true and personal stories about science to life through weekly shows and podcasts and was held during British Science Week – 11-20th March 2016.

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Celebrating women in science

By Dr Jon Urch, Public Engagement and Outreach Co-ordinator, University of Dundee

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It’s not often we take the time to reflect on past events before moving on to your next project, and this is the first opportunity to review the 2016 Women in Science Festival – a fascinating nine days of activities dedicated to celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

From March 2009, and every year since, the University of Dundee has co-ordinated the World’s only Women in Science Festival. In 2016 the Festival ran an engaging programme of 25 events from 5 – 13 March. The Festival promotes science careers to people of all ages, especially school children and to support women in the STEM fields. We achieve this by showcasing female role models in science and give them the opportunity to communicate not only their work but their experiences of being a woman in science. Continue reading