Eleni Charalambous – a passion for science that keeps on growing

It’s British Science Week, and many of our members are busy sharing their love of science with the world, and particularly young people who are considering their strengths and abilities and beginning to decide of the type of career they may wish to pursue. It’s natural that those who are so enthusiastic about their scientific work will quietly  –(…)

Science, parenting, and resisting easy answers

Today, to mark International Women’s Day, I took part in an event organised by the University of Manchester’s Faculty of Life Sciences entitled “Becoming the Best”. I joined a panel discussion in which 5 women with STEM degrees talked about their career paths and what had helped them along the way, then took questions from the(…)

Alison Diaper – on Brain Stimulation and True Inspiration

Alison Diaper is at the forefront of the NHS, quietly but confidently working behind the scene to improve our scientific knowledge. She is studying a range of drugs including hypnotics, anxiety inhibitors, antidepressants and drugs that inhibit pain. She is also working to improve deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapies and systems.  In this interview with ScienceGrrl’s Jessica Simpson, Alison takes some(…)

Why I Hate Tim Peake (just a bit…)

      I have a confession to make. I really hate Tim Peake. Well actually that’s not strictly true. I’m sure he’s a great guy, and would love to buy him a pint and have a natter when he gets back down to earth. What I mean is, I hate the tired old trope(…)

UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2016

The United Nations designated 11th February the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We joined with our colleagues all over the world via social media to celebrate, invited you to join in…and my word, you did! The hashtag associated with this initiative, #womeninSTEM, was trending as the second most popular topic on Twitter(…)

Meet Nathalie Pettorelli, co-founder of Soapbox Science

Meet Nathalie Pettorelli, co-founder of Soapbox Science

Nathalie Pettorelli is a scientist moving mountains in the conservation community and is also a fantastic science communicator. She talks to ScienceGrrl’s Jessica Simpson about working with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), her opportunities for creativity and Soapbox Science; a face-to-face initiative she co-founded to encourage interaction between scientists (many of whom are woman)(…)

What is so exciting about physics?

What is so exciting about physics?

This is a guest post by Sarah Morgan, a PhD student in the Theory of Condensed Matter Group at Cambridge University. Cavendish Inspiring Women (CiW) is a group run by physics PhD students at Cambridge University. We’ve just launched our new booklet for girls – ‘What is so exciting about physics ?’ Download it here(…)

Time to sign up for the next “I’m a scientist” event

Time to sign up for the next “I’m a scientist” event

I’m Rebecca Dewey, I am a Research Fellow in Neuroimaging at the University of Nottingham, where I work in the Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit. I recently took part in a scheme known as ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!’ . I’m a Scientist is a free online event where school students get(…)

Fun for 2000 kids

Fun for 2000 kids

Last weekend ScienceGrrl had a stall at the amazing Lancashire Science Festival. If you missed it – get the dates in your diary ready for next year! Here is a report of the event from ScienceGrrl Liz Britland. This is the third year in a row we’ve volunteered at the event and it gets bigger(…)

Celebrating National Women in Engineering Day

Celebrating National Women in Engineering Day

Our lives rely on good engineering. In fact, it’s probably a mark of really good engineering that you don’t really notice it – things just work, and intuitively so. Regrettably, engineers also tend to fade into the background, their innovation, creativity and technical skills going largely unrecognised. Yesterday, we marked National Women in Engineering Day by sharing the stories of(…)

Tim Hunt – ScienceGrrl responds

For the last week, discussions around women in science in the UK have largely centred on remarks made on Monday 8th June by Sir Tim Hunt, at the World Conference of Science Journalism, as part of a speech he gave during a lunch sponsored by female Korean scientists and engineers: “Let me tell you my trouble with(…)

Taking part in “I’m an Engineer Get Me Out of Here”

Taking part in “I’m an Engineer Get Me Out of Here”

I am Naomi Green, a mechanical engineer and biomedical engineering researcher at the University of Birmingham. I’m passionate about sharing my experiences as an engineer with children and showing them what a fascinating and rewarding career engineering is. As a country we need more children to choose engineering as a career and we desperately need(…)

Technicians with talent!

Technicians with talent!

Most initiatives and articles about female scientists in universities focus on women professors and lecturers, the academic members of staff traditionally responsible for providing a rich learning and research environment. But there is also another, almost “secret” community within higher education who also contribute to the research and teaching activities of our universities – our(…)

Cambridge Science Festival

Cambridge Science Festival

This is a guest post by Brianne Kent, who is a Gates scholar at the University of Cambridge where she is researching the neurobiological basis of memory. Each year, the University of Cambridge hosts a two week science festival that welcomes 30,000 visitors and hosts over 250 events. The aim of the festival is to(…)

Planning to bust some more gender myths

Planning to bust some more gender myths

This is a guest post by Georgina Rippon, who is Professor of Cognitive Imaging and Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) at Aston University. Having trained up an army of neurotrash warriors at last year’s WOW festival, this year we have set ourselves the task of busting a few of the brain-based gender myths. Sometimes these are still(…)

Presenting… our ANNUAL REPORT 2014

Presenting… our ANNUAL REPORT 2014

We’re pleased to present ScienceGrrl’s Annual Report 2014 – celebrating our successes, reflecting on progress, and looking to the future. Thanks to Andy Dawes, Heather Williams, Liz Chilvers, Ellie Cosgrave, Anna Zecharia and all our chapter leads for helping us put this together. Click here to read the sciencegrrl_annual_report_2014-15 !

From plants to puppies

From plants to puppies

I’m Aimée Llewellyn and I’ve been the canine genetics specialist and health information manager at the Kennel Club, in London, for the past 3 years. I started my research journey in plant metabolomics, but “changed species” to enjoy the best of both worlds – both research and applied science. My focus is to continue to(…)

A globe-trotting botanist

A globe-trotting botanist

I’m Dr Lauren Gardiner and I’m a botanist who has been working at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London for the last 8 years. I’m just starting a new post at Kew which will mean that I will be focusing on conservation and development work in Madagascar over the next 3-5 years. Becoming a(…)

ScienceGrrl Swansea looks forward to 2014/5

ScienceGrrl Swansea looks forward to 2014/5

On Monday 20th October 2014, Swansea ScienceGrrl kicked off our 2014-2015 activities with a lunch in the SURF Room in Fulton House, Swansea University. As with the event last year, the meeting was superbly well-attended by students, staff and Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) representatives, all keen to learn a bit more about(…)

#sheblindedmewithscience – meet Suze Kundu

#sheblindedmewithscience – meet Suze Kundu

This is the final blog in a series by the five ScienceGrrls who featured in “She Blinded Me With Science”.  If you haven’t yet seen the video, it’s here and all sales proceeds are being donated to ScienceGrrl! I’m Dr Suze Kundu and I’m a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Materials at Imperial College(…)