Hi there, it’s Lisa here, your friendly neighbourhood blog founder!
This blog began its life as an attempt to document my Masters research project. My lab had amazing views of Sheffield and I enjoy trying to take arty photos, so I decided to make it a photo blog. However, I soon ran out of interesting updates to post because the first 3 months of my project involved doing the same experiment over, and over….and over again. Science sometimes progresses in small steps over many months or years, so it can be hard to keep up an interesting blog when things are going slowly.
The idea for the blog as it is now was born at a ScienceGrrl pub social. We realised that if a lot of different scientists contributed to a single blog they would only have to write one post each, making blogging a much less scary prospect. This way the blog could also show the diversity of what scientists really do at work, instead of how they make it look in the movies. I was also inspired by a talk by Brady Haran (of Numberphile fame) where he mentioned that sometimes scientists get so used to what they’re doing that they forget that it’s pretty darn cool.
As the blog has grown it’s become a lot of work, so I now have a team of volunteers helping me out. If you’re interested in getting involved then just drop us an email, or if you’d like to write a post take a look at this page. Read on for more about our lovely current volunteers!
Hello I’m Grace. I’ve have a PhD in molecular virology & now I’m a Bioinformatics Consult working on a whole range of diverse science projects. I’ve always loved science and talking about science! I became interested in science communication when doing careers outreach and realising no one I spoke to really knew what a scientist actually does day to day. Hopefully this blog can help answer that question.
UEA SciComm Students
We’ve been lucky enough this year to have help from two UEA student in interviewing interesting scientists and reporting back to us.
Hello there I’m Alex! I’m a current Biological Sciences undergrad student at the University of East Anglia in my third and final year. I became involved with this blog whilst taking a Science Communication module. You will see some of my work going up over the next few months that I have done as part of my project for that module. Through this I became really interested in scicom and started my role as the Head Science Reporter for the university newspaper, Concrete. I hope to make a career out of all this when I finish university this summer, wish me luck!
Hi I’m Nathan. I’m a 3rd year Molecular Biology and Genetics student at UEA. I realised fairly early on in my 2nd year that I didn’t want to have a career in research science. So I decided to explore how I else I might be able to use my degree. I really enjoy communicating and meeting new people and having new experiences. Writing blogs and learning about Science Communication was a perfect fit for me and hopefully I’ll be able to use this experience in the future.