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(…)

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(…)

ScienceGrrl goes to Number 10

ScienceGrrl goes to Number 10

On 17th December, I took ScienceGrrl to Number 10 Downing Street for a roundtable on how to crack the issue of gender imbalance in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). The location was impressive, not for the surroundings but for the real chance of progress offered by high-level discussions. Our place at the table signifies(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Christmas Prize Draw! Win one of 5 signed Brian Cox books

Christmas Prize Draw! Win one of 5 signed Brian Cox books

We’re working towards gender equality in the sciences, and are not at all surprised that there are lots of guys who care about that as well as girls. ScienceGrrl has lots of male supporters – and Prof Brian Cox is one of them. Brian kindly donated his time in October to deliver our inaugural ‘Because(…)

F1 for the girls!

F1 for the girls!

Peter Luff, MP sent ScienceGrrl a copy of the BBC Top Gear magazine article “So you want to work in F1?” – it was addressed to ‘schoolboys’. Worse, the associated graphic depicts an all-male F1 team – well, except for the female hospitality and media staff in short skirts. “Not helpful” he said, and we(…)

Setting up ScienceGrrl’s shop

Setting up ScienceGrrl’s shop

I’m Liz, I’m a Clinical Technologist at The Christie Hospital in Manchester by day and the Merchandiser for ScienceGrrl by night (also weekends). I have a BSc (Hons) in Physics with Medical Applications from The University of Liverpool and have been working as a technologist for almost a year. I love it, as proven by(…)

Speaking of – and for – Science

Just under a month ago we celebrated our first birthday. The party began on Thursday 10th October with a sold-out lecture on Particle Physics by Professor Brian Cox, introduced by Dr Heather Williams, and sponsored by the Ogden Trust.  That evening, 600 people (including over 200 school and college students) were treated to fascinating science(…)

Something to Say – a 1st birthday party with a difference…and Gia Milinovich

Something to Say – a 1st birthday party with a difference…and Gia Milinovich

18th October marks the first anniversary of our launch party. Our birthday celebrations begin on Thursday 10th October, with the inaugural ‘Because Science is for Everyone’ lecture by Dr Heather Williams and Professor Brian Cox in Manchester, and continue with our ‘birthday party with a difference’ on Saturday 12th October in London. On the afternoon of 12th October, Gia Milinovich will(…)

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(…)

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Back in July I was approached by Jaclyn Craig from the What I See project to ask for my involvement in their campaign on behalf of ScienceGrrl. She explained that they were bringing together women from all walks of life – creating a mosaic of self-expression, giving our unified voices power and inspiring connections with other(…)