On a cold winter day in London on January 2017, Native Scientist celebrated a warm science outreach event for children in partnership with the Embassy of Ecuador in London. The meeting took place in the Ecuadorian Consulate located near King’s Cross St. Pancras in the very heart of the city of London. The event brought together 25 Ecuadorian pupils and 5 Spanish-speaking scientists from different disciplines.
Scientists used their mother tongue to explain to the children in an engaging and fun way the work they are currently performing in the United Kingdom. The workshop allowed the scientists to improve their communication skills and increase the impact of their research in a welcome environment. Continue reading →
By Charlotte Dodson, Research Fellow at Imperial College London
“Do we know what’s happening about REF yet?” asked one of the participants at the departmental Principal Investigator (PI) meeting last term. There was a gentle shaking of heads around the table and we moved on. Shortly afterwards I knew the answer: the Stern Review (a UK Government-commissioned independent review into how Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 should be improved for next time) made its recommendations. There is now a consultation by HEFCE and its equivalents in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on how best to implement these in REF 2021. Continue reading →
By Benjamin Simpson, Shenfield High School, Essex, UK
When I arrived at the lab, the first thing I noticed was how casual everything was. Even the principal investigator arrived at about 11am. I expected to find a strict regime of when to arrive, what to do and what to wear. Anna and Nikki were my supervisors in the Atwell lab at University College London. My project involved using zebrafish to investigate the development of myelin (a substance which is wrapped around neurons to increase conductivity). Zebrafish are especially useful because they are transparent allowing us to view the development under a microscope without harming the fish or embryo. On the first day of my placement they were only a few hours post fertilisation and so were still just a bundle of cells on a yolk. I learnt how to maintain the embryos through filtering out the dead ones and changing the water. Continue reading →
The Eisenthal prize is awarded to the top ranked student report submitted after the completion of one of the Society’s Summer Vacation Studentships. This years winner, Rachel Lau, writes about her experiences over the summer vacation. You can find out more about the Eisenthal prize and read Rachel’s report here. You can apply for a 2017 Summer Vacation Studentship here.
Dr. Carla Brown & Siam Colvine at the Antibiotic Apocalypse Film Premiere
It’s a typical Friday evening and I’m having dinner with two of my closest friends.
Me: “Have you guys seen the news this week? They have found bacteria that are resistant to our LAST RESORT antibiotic.” Friends: “Oh really? Wow.” They go back to eating and the conversation moves on.
Now as the only microbiologist in my social circle, I am fairly used to this level of apathy towards the issue of antibiotic resistance. As this problem can rarely be seen physically, the multitude of scary statistics and apocalyptic stories released by the media have little impact on the wider public. So how do we begin to make this problem visible when it is caused by microscopic organisms? Furthermore, how can we make people relate to something that, abiding by the laws of human vision, is pretty much invisible? Continue reading →