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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High heels, running shoes and accelerator physics

By Guest Blogger / April 1, 2014

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

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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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Jenna Stevens-SMith

Bioengineer on a mission

By Guest Blogger / March 2, 2014

“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…

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Patient Zero network model

Patient Zero project at Threshold Festival

By Liverpool Chapter / February 27, 2014

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

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Swansea ScienceGrrl launch

By Swansea Chapter / February 17, 2014

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…

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ScienceGrrl chapters get own pages and posts

By Sara Williams / February 17, 2014

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…

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Does brain size matter: time to stop this nonsense

By Dr Anna Zecharia / February 14, 2014

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…

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Response to “Women in Scientific Careers” report

By Dr Anna Zecharia / February 6, 2014

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…

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Hi from a Clinical Technologist and nerdy cat lady!

By Liz Britland / February 1, 2014

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…

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Edith Stoney – a medical physics pioneer

By Dr Heather Williams / January 22, 2014

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…

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ScienceGrrl goes to Number 10

By Dr Anna Zecharia / December 26, 2013

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…

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Ellie Cosgrave

I’m an engineer because I want to change the world

By Dr Ellie Cosgrave / December 16, 2013

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…

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photo of the 5 books to be raffled

Christmas Prize Draw – and the winners are…

By Dr Heather Williams / December 15, 2013

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…

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