#sheblindedmewithscience – meet Suzi Gage

#sheblindedmewithscience – meet Suzi Gage

This is the fourth in a series of blogs 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! My name’s Suzi Gage, and I’m a researcher at the University of Bristol, investigating associations between(…)

#sheblindedmewithscience – meet Ceri Brenner

#sheblindedmewithscience – meet Ceri Brenner

This is the third in a series of blogs 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! Hi, I’m Ceri Brenner. I’m laser plasma physicist at the Science and Technology Facilities Council.  I(…)

#sheblindedmewithscience – meet Lia Ying Li

#sheblindedmewithscience – meet Lia Ying Li

This is the second in a series of blogs 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! Hi!  I’m Lia Ying Li and everyone knows me as ‘THE laser girl (who loves cats)’(…)

#sheblindedmewithscience – meet Roma Agrawal

#sheblindedmewithscience – meet Roma Agrawal

This is the first in a series of blogs 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! Hi!  I’m Roma Agrawal. I am a structural engineer at WSP. A structural engineer’s job is(…)

Creating “She blinded me with science”

Creating “She blinded me with science”

I am pleased to announce the release of ScienceGrrl’s latest creative collaboration – a cover version of Thomas Dolby’s 1982 hit ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ performed by Violet Transmissions. To listen, watch and download, click here. Tim Bussey, the lead singer of Violet Transmissions, is Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience

Exploring the oceans

Exploring the oceans

My name is Berit Rabe and I am a female sea-going physical oceanographer. What does an oceanographer do? I don’t count whales and dolphins – that is Marine Biology – instead as the name suggests, I study the physical components of the ocean. I look at tides, currents, circulation, temperature, salinity, etc. by going out(…)

The varied life of an electro-mechanical engineer

The varied life of an electro-mechanical engineer

I’m Lorna Slater. I am an electro-mechanical engineer and I design the control systems for automated machines. I’ve worked on a lot of very different projects – at the moment I am the lead Controls & Instrumentation Engineer at Aquamarine Power Ltd who are designing and building devices that capture energy in nearshore waves and(…)

Sex, maths and the brain

Sex, maths and the brain

This is a guest post by Georgina Rippon, who is Professor of Cognitive Imaging and Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) at Aston University. It has been a busy few months since the ‘Neurotrash’ session at the WOW festival back in March. I have previously drawn attention to the fact that, while misrepresentation in the popularisation of neuroscience(…)

From academia to athletics

From academia to athletics

I’m Dr Emma Ross, and I am the Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport. In my role I lead a team of 18 Physiologists who work with elite athletes to maximise their physiological potential and help them achieve peak performance. I didn’t know what physiology was when I was studying my A(…)

Calling engineering superheroes!

Calling engineering superheroes!

We are delighted to announce The Market Bosworth School (TMBS) has won a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award to work once again with ScienceGrrl and the amazing education organisation now>press>play who create educational audio adventures for children. Eight shortlisted engineers from the ScienceGrrl network and 32 pupils from TMBS will collaborate with now>press>play to(…)

Women in engineering – Focus on Ford

Women in engineering – Focus on Ford

On National Women in Engineering Day, I went to Laindon, Essex, to visit the Ford Dunton Technical Centre – a vast, sprawling complex, comprising large, gleaming buildings, more parking space than a Londoner could ever imagine, and a rather exciting-looking test track. The day started with inspiring speeches from Barb Samardzich, Ford of Europe’s Chief(…)

Crossrail : Engineer your future

Crossrail : Engineer your future

The inaugural National Women in Engineering day was held last month, with over 80 events across the country to celebrate female engineers and to inspire a new generation of girls. One of these was “Engineer Your Future”, a competition run by Crossrail, where 30 winners were invited to Crossrail HQ for a series of workshops(…)

Gender imbalance in the nuclear sector

Gender imbalance in the nuclear sector

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) – a professional, not-for-profit network for support and development for women engineers – celebrated its 95th anniversary this year by setting up National Women in Engineering Day, held on 23rd June. This post by Indrayani Ghangrekar is part of a series by ScienceGrrl reporters who attended various events. I attended(…)

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.