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Pint of Science 2018 Nottingham – Planet Heart

Pint of science is an outreach and public engagement festival which runs in 30 different cities in the UK simultaneously. This year, the festival will be running in Nottingham from the 14th to the 16th of May. (check here for tickets)

The aim of the festival is to communicate science to the general public in a chilled out and relaxed environment, where people can talk directly to academics and listen to their research. In such environment, people don’t feel intimidated to ask questions. In fact, science can be quite intimidating if you don’t have a scientific background. But, it is the duty of scientists to make it more accessible using an “easy” language. For further reading take a look at my previous article.
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Interview with the Godmother of the Silicon Beach: Cam Kashani

Cameron Kashani is an Iranian-American entrepreneur, the founder of COACCEL, the Human Accelerator, and the co-founder of Coloft, the first co-working space in Los Angeles for technology startups and entrepreneurs. She was featured in Forbes and other magazines as one of the most inspirational women in technology. She earned the title of Godmother of the Silicon Beach, and her enterprise, COACCEL, trained more than 4000 Entrepreneurs and 700 startups to the next level in business. Cam can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter Instagram @CamSKashani or look at her website www.camkashani.com.

Cam was featured as one of the most influential women in technology.

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The periodic Table – Iron

This video about the periodic table has been recorded in a special location: Paris. Learn more about Fe and its interesting facts. Did you enjoy this video? Make a comment below

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A Way Out From Isolation In Academia – Power of Social Media

We’re getting lonelier.

Surprisingly, one out of three people between the ages of 25 and 35 feel lonely outside academia. When asked, they answered that they have felt lonely most of the time in the last week (1). In academia, this problem is much bigger. 67% of PhD students suffer from loneliness and often feel very isolated. They admitted that the feeling of isolation is having an impact on their current performance or has had an impact on their performance. Academics feel that the lack of support is one of the biggest contributing factors for their mental distress, isolation and loneliness.

A large part of PhD lifestyle involves long hours of reading, data analysis, working weekends which all contributes to this feeling of isolation. Studies show that chronic loneliness has a significantly negative impact on both physical and mental health (1). Lonely people are much more likely to suffer from increased blood pressure and elevated cortisol levels. They are more likely to be anxious and suffer from a host of other mental health issues.  The bad news is that the loneliness is contagious. The spread of loneliness is disproportionally stronger than the one of social connections. We, as a society, are becoming more and more disenfranchised with each other and our social network. So what is the solution?

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The periodic table – Krypton

Learn more about Krypton, which has nothing to do with cryptocurrency or Superman, and its interesting facts. Do you like this video? Which element would you like to see next time?
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Why it is important to acquire transferable skills. Life beyond PhD

Long a while ago a wrote two articles which were the manifesto of my PhD advocacy commitment: The first one life beyond PhD, the other one about transferable skills gained during a PhD. I will explore this topic a bit more today.

I am fortunate enough to be part of a PhD programme designed in partnership with industries. Part of my PhD is also getting pieces of training and learn all these soft skills necessary for helping the transition from academia to industry.
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The periodic table – Helium

Learn more about Helium and its interesting facts. Did you enjoy this video? Would you be encouraged to learn more about chemistry? Make a comment below

Collaboration with Asynt.ltd

On Monday the 26th of February, Asynt.ltd came to the University of Nottingham to make an interview about myself. They were interested in my input on science communication and my use of social media to promote science and my research.

They also selected me as an Ambassador of Sustainability as I use some of the lab equipment they provide to minimise the waste of water in the chemistry lab.

Further information can be found here.

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Collaboration with the Female Scientist association

The portrait of myself as a Female Scientist can also be found here

Meet Teresa Ambrosio – scientist – woman – advocate!

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PhD and anxiety – Part 2

A while ago, I wrote an article about PhD and mental health issues starting the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone. The outcome was impressive. The article went viral and got around 3500 views. I got so many feedback from people grateful that I shared my experience and came up with solutions. Back then, I encouraged students to seek professional advice and talk to a counsellor. Many universities provide this service for free.

A recent study showed that 50% of scholars suffer or have experienced mental health issues due to their academic work. This is an alarming percentage considering that, outside academia, only 27% of the population suffers from anxiety. So, if you go through a PhD, your chance of getting through depression and anxiety double.
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How do we encourage more women into STEM?

This article has also ben publish by the female scientist association.

A recent report published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Diversity Landscape of the Chemical Science, put together some of the available evidence about the current state of diversity in the chemical sciences, with the particular focus on the United Kingdom. Specifically, three different parameters were taken into account: gender, disability and minority ethnicity.

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PhD Life – How to make an outstanding academic presentation

Conference season is coming soon and you are might be wondering whether to apply for one. When I started my PhD, my supervisor told me that one of the criteria to have a successful PhD is the presentation of your work at academic conferences. To be more precise, what you should need is attendance at three conferences and you must have done at least an oral presentation.

When it comes to oral presentation, everyone gets super scared. Talking for the first time to a competent and specific audience might be quite intimidating.  Also, lack of experience in presenting your work outside the familiar environment of your research group can be seen as a huge challenge to overcome.

I received loads of training and attended loads of early-career, student-led conferences and I am writing this article to share a few tips with you.
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