Science Communication in a stand-up comedy format – The Bright Club
I have seen many creative ways of doing science communication. Like my friend Janelle, who creates sushi artwork to explain hard-core scientific concepts and or my friend Heidi creator of Science On a Postcard, who creates sciency-related postcards to make science more accessible to the general public.
Science communication means making science more accessible to the general public making it funny, enjoyable. If you are new to my page, check out my old blog articles on how to start with science communication and why it’s important for scientists.
We have been always told to be chatty and engaging during business events, such as conferences, meetings, job fairs. But how do you do it when you are a shy person, probably cracking with anxiety, or you are an inexperienced young researcher among loads of seasoned scientists?
I might come across as a confident person, but really, I am not. I have been suffering from social anxiety since a young age and there is nothing more than socialising that I fear. My mind started telling me “You have nothing interesting to say”, “who cares about you?”, Will people understand your English?”, “If they start talking about great science will I be able to keep up?”. For my own piece of mind, I just kept it quit, staying in a corner like a piece of furniture!
If you are new to my blog, let me introduce one of my favourite pages which is the Interview to Success. My blog is a space where people can learn how to be successful in gradschool, which doesn’t necessarily mean publishing 5 papers, doing a postdoc after graduation or being the smartest kids of the class. Success is a personal achievement and everyone enrolled in a PhD programme should feel successful.
Science is under fire – Scientists need to get out of the lab and talk science to the public! (cit. ACS)
This is a hard time for science. People outside the wall of the ivory tower don’t rely on evidence-based data anymore. Why we got to this point? History taught us that this has always been the case. Do you remember my 2 Italian and Polish friends, Galileo and Copernic who were heavily harassed by the church when stating that the earth rotated around the sun, not vice versa?
This is the time of the year when the vast majority of grad students start a self-analysis on what’s been over the year. 2018 is almost gone, Christmas decorations are round the corner but we aren’t quite there yet, daylight is a privilege the Northen European countries. So what’s the best time of the year to start a self-care challenge and make it a New Year Resolution for the rest of 2019?
Continue reading “Join me in the November self-care challenge”
The biggest myth about global warming is that it’s due to natural events. Some politicians use this statement to ditch international agreements for their own interests, “Climate variations always occurred and we’re facing one of this period”.
This is very far from the truth We’re all responsible for this.
Atmosphere temperature is raising and this is due to our insatiable appetite for energy and commodities. We’re taking ancient carbon which took ages to become coal and savagely put into the atmosphere again. And since we’re the smartest, we’re also clearing the only species able to store CO2. Have you heard of the deforestation of the Amazon forest? We are reversing 800000 years of natural evaluation in a few decades.
How do you make sure to take care for yourself while doing a PhD? Some students are so overwhelmed with research, teaching, supervising that the only moment they can totally dedicate to their research is the weekend. Most of them work outside the working hours, after 6pm almost every day and forget to eat well, exercise, relax or enjoying time with their friends.
A few days ago, president Trump was asked to comment about climate changes and he responded that science “Scientists have political agenda”. This statement comes from the idea that science is not only funded by government grants, but also by pharmaceutical and energy company grants. So although scientists don’t have agenda, companies do! This is probably why it is believed that scientists are biased.
Continue reading “DO SCIENTISTS HAVE POLITICAL AGENDA?”
The most important choice of your PhD – Choosing your PI and group.
How to choose your supervisor? This is really something is whish someone would have told me before starting this PhD. My PhD is quite different from any other programme most people are enrolled. I was hired by the University, but I didn’t have a supervisor. The first semester was a master in green chemistry and we were given time to choose a subject to work on and a supervisor. I was young and inexperienced with no clue how to make a good choice. As much as I was enthusiastic about the project, I made the wrong choice. To cut a long story short, my PhD was in catalysis and I started working in a biology building with a professor who had expertise in chemical biology.
MARJIUNA WILL BE AVAILABLE ON NHS (National Health Service) FROM NOVEMBER 1. CANADA APPROVED THE USE OF MARJIUNA FOR ADULT USE A FEW DAYS AGO
Marjiuna will be available for therapiutic use in UK in 3 weeks. The 3 criteria required for the pharmaceutical products to be approved are:
📌 they need to contain cannabinol or its derivatives, cannabis or cannabis resins
📌they have to be produced exclusively for medicinal purposes
📌they have to be medicinal products
Continue reading “The truth about marijiuana -addictive or not?”
This article is one of the serious “Creative ways of making money as a PhD”. Natasha is the founder of the Theory Gang. She created a party game focused on helping people understand science and academic ideas. You can buy the game here. You can find Natasha on Instagram and Twitter too.
Myself and Rachel @theblondebiologist finally met. She invited me to go to the #walkforfreedom organised by @a21. Modern slavery comes in different forms such as sexual exploitation, child labour, underpaid work and traditional human trafficking. Currently, there are millions of slaves around the world. Only 1% get rescued and, even worse, less than 1% of traffickers get convinced. In the UK, there are an estimated number of 10000-13000 victims and the cash flow generated by these criminal activities is about £104.5 million per year.