Creating “She blinded me with science”

By Dr Heather Williams / November 6, 2014

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

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Exploring the oceans

By Guest Blogger / November 1, 2014

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…

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The varied life of an electro-mechanical engineer

By Guest Blogger / October 9, 2014

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…

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Sex, maths and the brain

By Guest Blogger / September 7, 2014

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…

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Dr Emma Ross

From academia to athletics

By Guest Blogger / August 1, 2014

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…

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Calling engineering superheroes!

By Dr Ellie Cosgrave / July 11, 2014

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…

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Women in Engineering Day Dunton crash test dummies

Women in engineering – Focus on Ford

By London Chapter / July 10, 2014

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…

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Crossrail celebrate the first National Women in Engineering Day

Crossrail : Engineer your future

By London Chapter / July 9, 2014

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…

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Gender imbalance in the nuclear sector

By London Chapter / July 8, 2014

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…

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NAtional Women In engineering day logo

National Women in Engineering day

By Dr Ellie Cosgrave / July 4, 2014

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…

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Alex's PhD graduation with her three children

Children first: taking an unusual path to a STEM career

By Guest Blogger / July 1, 2014

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…

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

By Sheffield Chapter / June 14, 2014

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…

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Perceptions of physics

By Sheffield Chapter / May 21, 2014

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…

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Royal Society Coat of Arms

Attacks on the Royal Society miss the point

By Guest Blogger / May 11, 2014

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…

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Access to Understanding 2014 – science writing prize winner

By Sheffield Chapter / May 7, 2014

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…

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

By Guest Blogger / May 2, 2014

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.

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Exploring the world through science and travel

By Guest Blogger / May 1, 2014

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.

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Aberdeen ScienceGrrl's superheroes stand

We can be superheroes

By Aberdeen Chapter / April 15, 2014

“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

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Sheffield chapter launch

By Sheffield Chapter / March 18, 2014

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…

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Introducing WAX Science in France

By Guest Blogger / March 14, 2014

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

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