Excited to be at Cardiff PGR day!
Ralph Thoresby High School, Leeds. University of Manchester, UWE
BSc Neuroscience, MSc Science Communication
Paperboy, Afterschool club, Cook at Sunshine Village cafe, Activities coordinator at Banff HI Hostel, Cook at Chicos Cafe Quennswtown, Duty manager at At-Bristol
Gallomanor Communications Ltd and MangoRolla CIC
Favourite thing to do in my job: Help scientists and non-scientists understand each other better. And puns.
I live in Bristol with my girlfriend and our coffee machine.
I live in Bristol with my girlfriend and our coffee machine. For Christmas we made one of those flat hanging trees from branches and ivy, like off of Pinterest, so you get the idea.
I got into #scicomm after realising I really enjoyed showing off about science when I worked abroad for three years after uni. Annoyingly, it took a year and half of living back with parents to save up to make that happen, but I’m very glad I went for it.
In my spare time, I enjoy pub quizzing, showing off at open mics, Radio 4 comedy, and organising public engagement activities (Rising Ape Collective, Bristol Scicomm Socials, Famelab), even though that’s my actual job as well, which is pretty silly.
I watch a lot of films and tv and also enjoy talking over them with my own well informed opinions. Girlfriend does not enjoy this as much. I just got my first games console in 15 years (PS4) and think I may be becoming addicted. This year I would like to learn to dance like they do on Strictly.
I work on the I’m a Scientist Get me out of here competition and other online engagement projects.
I’ve been working on this project for two years, after completing a masters in Science Communication at UWE. My main role is reaching out to scientists and engineers, as well as writing grant applications and helping with evaluation.
The project connects scientists with school students all over the country using an online platform. Our aim is to raise the aspirations of students towards science jobs, whilst giving scientists an enjoyable and accessible public engagement experience that motivates them to do more.
During an IAS event, for two weeks school students get to ask scientists whatever they like about research, what it’s like to be a scientist, the universe, or just their favourite pizza. The students then vote for the scientists they want to win £500 to use on more public engagement.
It’s great to see students understanding that scientists are real people they can relate to. It’s also great when the scientists see that the public is actually interested in what they do, and that engaging doesn’t have to be a scary experience.
Use the ASK section if you’d like to know more about the project or engaging online in general, i’m happy to answer any questions.
My Typical Day
Emails, planning, data analysis, websites, reading, writing.
I email. I plan. I write. I drink coffee. I spreadsheet. I laugh at Simpsons Gifs. It’s a blast.
What I'd do with the prize money
Go to a conference in Hawaii
…..is what a scientist actually once said they would do with the event prize money. We let them down gently.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Easy to describe
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Not a scientist
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Who isn’t? Mainly for being snarky.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
to invert this, I’d be a Scientist.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
of all time, probably Radiohead. Sigh.
What's your favourite food?
Fish and chips
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Run karaoke, pub quizzes, and open mics for a living. But one year was enough.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. To be able to think of two more really good wishes.
Tell us a joke.
Embarrassingly, I was once thrown out of the bathroom section of Ikea after taking all my clothes off. But it was like a sauna in there!