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National Women in Engineering day

National Women in Engineering day

The first ever National Women in Engineering Day in the UK was on 23rd June. The day, devised and coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), aimed to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and support and inspire the next generation of women to achieve their goals. Why is there a need for a(…)

Children first: taking an unusual path to a STEM career

Children first: taking an unusual path to a STEM career

I’m Alex Blakemore and I’m Professor of Human Molecular Genetics at Imperial College London. My path to an academic career has been an unusual one. I did my first degree and PhD as the lone parent of three young children. Even getting into university at all felt like a miracle: due to family circumstances, I’d(…)

Happy Father’s Day – did I inherit the engineering gene?

Happy Father’s Day – did I inherit the engineering gene?

My involvement in ScienceGrrl has led me to question how and why I ended up studying a STEM subject and if my own experience could help to inspire and encourage budding young scientists. Every scientist and engineer has their own story about what has inspired them and Father’s Day seems like a good time to(…)

Perceptions of physics

Perceptions of physics

What do people think of when they hear the word “physics”? . When I tell people that I’m studying physics (I’m doing a PhD in non-linear optics and semiconductor physics at the University of Sheffield), responses vary from “I don’t like physics, it’s too hard” to nervous laughter and backing away. I think the perception(…)

Attacks on the Royal Society miss the point

Attacks on the Royal Society miss the point

This is a guest post by Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics and Cambridge University’s Gender Equality champion. New Royal Society fellows – fewer women than in the US Another year, another occasion to thump the Royal Society for the make-up of its new fellows. This time it was Nature that screamed ‘Royal Society still(…)

Access to Understanding 2014 – science writing prize winner

Access to Understanding 2014 – science writing prize winner

Access to Understanding is a science writing competition hosted by Europe PubMed Central and The British Library.  The 2014 winner was Elizabeth Kirkham, a PhD student at the University of Sheffield and one of the Sheffield ScienceGrrls. Her work focuses upon the impact of depression and early life stress upon cognitive and neurological processing in(…)

Lab-based work experience helps kids from low-income families

Lab-based work experience helps kids from low-income families

This is a guest blog by Angela Barret from in2scienceUK in2scienceUK was set up in 2010 by Rebecca McKelvey, a Neuroscience PhD student at University College London.  During her PhD studies, she met many work experience students, but none of them were from low-income backgrounds.

Exploring the world through science and travel

Exploring the world through science and travel

I’m Sarah Cruddas. Sometimes you can love science, but not be cut out to be a scientist. That’s exactly my issue. I have a degree in Physics with Astrophysics, a post-graduate qualification in Broadcast Journalism and now work as a reporter and presenter on TV, radio and print.

We can be superheroes

We can be superheroes

“Did you know that scientists could be superheroes?” This was the challenge set to primary aged children who came to the Discovery Day at the Aberdeen Satrosphere. Discovery Day is a family event held as part of National Science and Engineering

Sheffield chapter launch

Being a woman in a heavily male dominated field has, on the whole, not been a problematic experience for me.  In fact,  I think I got a bit of a kick out of it for a while during the first couple of years of my PhD in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield, under(…)

Introducing WAX Science in France

Introducing WAX Science in France

This is a guest blog from Flora Vincent, who co-founded WAX Science WAX Science is a French association born in March 2013, co-founded by Aude Bernheim and myself, Flora Vincent. It all started in November 2012, when our team won the video contest

Patient Zero project at Threshold Festival

Patient Zero project at Threshold Festival

One of the oldest and most common techniques in disease ecology is mathematical modelling. At its most basic level, it uses a set of equations that predict how the numbers of people infected

Swansea ScienceGrrl launch

The official Swansea ScienceGrrl launch was a fantastically well-attended event held in the SURF Room in Swansea University on 28 November 2013. We ushered more and more people into the room – until there was only standing room available!  The atmosphere began to buzz with anticipation, excitement and a good deal of curiosity as to(…)

ScienceGrrl chapters get own pages and posts

Some ScienceGrrl chapters have asked to have their own pages and posts here on the ScienceGrrl website. So that’s what we are introducing! You will be able to find individual chapter pages from the top menu under Local. Liverpool and Swansea are the first to go live: It’s up to each group what they want(…)

Does brain size matter: time to stop this nonsense

It’s male and female brains time again! Why are some researchers and journalists hooked on sensationalism? Our resident neurotrash warrior Prof Gina Rippon takes a look behind the headlines at the latest offender. She’s not going anywhere – and we’re not standing for this nonsense any longer. We want better science. Gina  will be tackling(…)

Response to “Women in Scientific Careers” report

Response to “Women in Scientific Careers” report

This morning, the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee have released their Report on ‘Women in Scientific Careers’. The Report sought to examine: why the number of women in STEM academic careers declines up the ladder? what Government, Universities and the HE sector should be doing about it? where women who leave academia(…)

Hi from a Clinical Technologist and nerdy cat lady!

Hi from a Clinical Technologist and nerdy cat lady!

I’m Liz Britland. I have been working as a Clinical Technologist at The Christie Hospital in Manchester for just over a year. My day to day work includes testing X-ray equipment, fluoroscopy equipment and CT Scanners and going to Radiation Protection Meetings for the Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust. I completed my degree in Physics(…)

Edith Stoney – a medical physics pioneer

Edith Stoney – a medical physics pioneer

Last week I was honoured to be one of four medical physicists in the Science Council’s list of 100 leading UK practising scientists, designed to highlight the range of roles available to those working in science. 37% of medical physicists are women, a significant advance on female representation in many fields within physical science. But(…)

I’m an engineer because I want to change the world

I’m an engineer because I want to change the world

When I applied for my first engineering job, I lied. “Why did you want to become an Engineer?” asked the grey-haired-60-something man from across the boardroom table. I had prepared my answer, and launched into a generic spiel I’d heard repeated plenty of times before: “I’m fascinated by technology” I said … “was addicted to(…)

Christmas Prize Draw – and the winners are…

Christmas Prize Draw – and the winners are…

The Christmas Prize Draw closed at 6pm on Thursday 12th December, after which it was over to Jon Wood, Birmingham chapter lead, to tell us which of the 766 tickets belonged to 5 lucky winners. These were selected using a rather fabulous retro random number generator which bears a striking resemblance to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum of(…)