Category Archives: 2014 speakers blog

A ‘can do, will do’ culture for all

Dr Geertje van Keulen (GVK) is an Associate Professor in Biochemistry at Swansea University, Institute of Life Sciences. Her specialty is microbial biochemistry, having a particular interest in antibiotics biosynthesis and modulation of wettability of natural, biological, and man-made materials using … Continue reading

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Hoping that this is all a misconception

Nia Blackwell (NB) is currently a PhD student at Aberystwyth University. Her research investigates the geomicrobiology of coal mine drainage, more specifically the oxidation of the ochreous precipitate found in iron-bearing waters associated with historic and present day mining. Here, … Continue reading

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Excellent science should not have to be a solitary pursuit

Dr Kami Koldewyn (KK) is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at Bangor University, and of the our Soapbox Science (SS) speakers for the Swansea event this Saturday.  Her field of research is neuroscience, with a specialty in disorders … Continue reading

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You don’t have to be perfect to succeed

Prof Julie Williams (JW) is the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Welsh Government, and one of our speakers at our Soapbox Science (SS) Swansea event this Saturday. Before the event, she answers a short set of questions, which hopefully provide … Continue reading

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Science is key to the future wellbeing of people and the survival of our natural world

Dr Sarah Durant (SD) is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. Her research aims to develop applied approaches to conservation problems, with a particular focus on large carnivores. She believes using science is … Continue reading

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Those trillions of particles floating around our skies

Professor Eleanor Highwood (EH) researches climate physics at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading. Millions of tiny particles in the sky make cloud droplets and scatter sunlight, and Ellie is interested in trying to predict how changes in these … Continue reading

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Comfort zones

By Dr. Elaine Massung, Research Assistant at the Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol. Elaine recently participated to our Bristol event, where she talked about smartphones and sustainability. You can follow Elaine on Twitter @GreenDoors2014   Comfort zones.  We all have them, … Continue reading

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Making science fun & entertaining

Dr Yvette Hancock (YH) is a lecturer at the Department of Physics, University of York. As well as science, she is trained in performing arts and has a passion for making her research come alive through song, dance and stories. … Continue reading

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APPEAR confident in yourself

Dr. Erin Heerey (EH) is a Senior lecturer at the School of Psychology, Bangor University. Her research shows how people influence others with crimes, punishments, risks and rewards, and explains why it is better to smile than to be beautiful. … Continue reading

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Getting rid of the “hard” and “difficult” labels from science

By Professor Eleanor Highwood, University of Reading. Ellie will be on her London soapbox this Sunday, 29th of June, 12-3. Come and listen to her talk entitled “When smoke gets in your skies: the effect of atmospheric aerosols on weather and climate” this … Continue reading

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