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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(…)

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(…)

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.

High heels, running shoes and accelerator physics

High heels, running shoes and accelerator physics

I’m Suzie Sheehy and I’m an accelerator physicist. I am privileged to work with an amazing collection of inspiring, smart, lovely people at RAL, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the UK. As someone who loves to travel

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

Bioengineer on a mission

Bioengineer on a mission

“My name is Jenna Stevens-Smith and I am a bioengineer.” When I tell people that, 90% of the time their first response is “Really?” It used to annoy me that people didn’t think I looked like I could be a scientist or engineer, but now I quite enjoy the conversation that follows and the slight(…)

Brains: sex, society and #neurotrash

Brains: sex, society and #neurotrash

This is a guest post by Georgina Rippon, who is Professor of Cognitive Imaging and Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) at Aston University. Gina recently gave the ScienceGrrl Birmingham ‘Say NO to Neurotrash!’ lecture (video link). Find her on Twitter:  @springfield16. We watched the latest discussion on ‘male and female brains’ play out in the media with(…)

If you love [BLANK], then you’ll love my job

If you love [BLANK], then you’ll love my job

This is a guest post by Victoria Herridge (@ToriHerridge). She is one-quarter of Team TrowelBlazers, who celebrate women in archaeology, palaeontology & geology – past & present – and tweet at @trowelblazers. What would you say to fill in the blank in the title? What one word or phrase could possibly capture the essence of(…)

Lancashire Science Festival

Lancashire Science Festival

ScienceGrrl have been getting out and about and meeting and greeting at science festivals this summer – we kicked off with Lancashire Science Festival in June, a brilliantly full-on day which Abby Ickringill (R&D Chemist at F2 Chemicals) will remind us of in this guest blog post. We had a blast at Live from Jodrell(…)

Trowelblazing Role Models

Trowelblazing Role Models

This is a guest post by Suzanne Pilaar Birch, a postdoctoral fellow in archaeology at Brown University where her research focuses on human response to climate change in the past. She is one-fourth of the Trowelblazers team, who are working hard to make sure that the contributions of women in the fields of archaeology, geology,(…)