Author Archives: Isla Watton

Academic workplaces should discuss mental wellness: Meet Nicole Morrissey

Meet Nicole Morrissey, a first year PhD student in the University of Exeter Medical School. Here, Nicole writes about her passion for anything to do with the brain, her commitment to engaging with the public about her research and her … Continue reading

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It is our responsibility as scientists to tear down barriers: Meet Leila Moura

Dr Leila Moura is a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. You can catch her on her soapbox in Belfast on Saturday 24th June where she will give a talk called: “From clouds to crystals: finding the balance”         … Continue reading

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You need to find your niche in science: Meet Helen Fones

Dr Helen Fones is a plant pathologist and researcher at the University of Exeter. Here she tells us about her work and the challenges she is determined to overcome. She cannot imagine being anything other than a scientist and if … Continue reading

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Overcoming the career insecurity in academia: Meet Emma Stevenson

Meet Dr Emma Stevenson, Research Associate in bacterial signalling at the University of Exeter. Her work centres on bacterium that can cause disease in humans with the ultimate aim of finding ways to prevent them from harming us. Here she … Continue reading

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I’m a Nerd (and a Geek) and That’s Okay: Meet Maria Weber

Dr. Maria Weber is an astrophysicists based at the University of Exeter. Here she tells us how she has come to embrace two aspects of her identity as a “space nerd” and “science fiction geek” and her wish to challenge … Continue reading

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Good role models are important: Meet Lana McClements

Dr Lana McClements is a lecturer and researcher at Queen’s University Belfast. You can catch Lana on her soapbox at the Belfast event on 24th June 2017 giving a talk called: “Diabetes and Pregnancy”           SS: Lana, … Continue reading

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It’s adversity that helps us learn how to cope: Meet Karen Galway

Dr Karen Galway is a Lecturer in Mental Health at Queen’s University Belfast. You can catch Karen on her soapbox at the Belfast event on 24th June 2017 giving a talk called: “Can science fix broken emotions?”        By Karen Galway … Continue reading

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We need to share our ideas and skills: Meet Jiawen Sun

I am Jiawen Sun, a PhD student in High Performance Distributed Computing at the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen’s University Belfast. My field of research is large scale graph analytics in big data analytics. This blog tries to tell people … Continue reading

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Ask the Impossible Questions! Meet Lauren Barr

Lauren Barr (@lauren_emily_b) is a PhD researcher, in the third year of study, at the University of Exeter. She is a member of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials there. She looks specifically at metamaterials which are twisted, or … Continue reading

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Bringing behavioural science to the streets: Susan Michie at Soapbox Science London

Susan Michie is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at UCL. Her research focuses on developing the science of behaviour change interventions and applying behavioural science to interventions. Susan took part in our event on … Continue reading

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