The periodic table

While I was wondering in Nottingham, I came across this book and I bought it straight away. This is where my passion from chemistry started from: by studying the periodic table, the “rational” collection of all the elements on earth. If you want to buy the same book please click here.

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PhD to success – Paolo Barucca – physicist and science communicator

After my previous articles on the importance of science communication and how to distinguish a reliable and unreliable scientific news, I decided to go back to my interviews and talk about my friend Paolo Barucca. Paolo is a researcher in physics and a science communicator. He created a website, La Scienza Coatta, The Coarse Science, where he tells stories about scientists in the language people to speak in Rome. To make it clear, it’s like telling stories about great scientists and their discoveries in Welsh, Scottish or Gaelic. His Facebook page just reached 100000 followers. The Coarse Science is also on Instagram.

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Happy International Day of Women in Science.

11th of February is The International Day of Women and Girls in Science!!! It is a very special day of the year celebrating Women who dedicated their lives, time, passions or hobbies into Science! Historically, without many many many intelligent Women our mankind wouldn’t be the same as it is now! Today, Ladies with beautiful […]

via Top 9 Women-Led SciComm Blogs! — Be a Scientist – by Agata


When is a scientific news real or fake?

Is the “clean diet” appropriate to lose weight safely?

Should I take vaccines or shouldn’t I?

Should we care about climate change, or do human activities contribute to climate change?

Will I improve my health by taking vitamin supplements?

How many times have you heard these or similar questions? We are constantly bombarded by this type of news. We read on social media, newspapers, hear from politicians, friends who heard from other friends, etc., etc. A recent study published on Science also showed that a fakenews reaches up to 100000 people and a real news only 1000. How can we distinguish between real and fake news? I don’t have a general answer, but I know to some extent, that it is possible to recognise if news makes or doesn’t make sense scientifically!
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Is it duty for scientists to communicate science to the public???

An Italian version of this article was published by the Italian Researchers Association.

I attended a public engage event last night, called PubhD. PubhD is a monthly OutReach event running in all the biggest cities in Europe where PhD students go to a pub and talk about their research to the general public. Stay tuned as I will be presenting my research on C-H activations next month in Nottingham.
The event I went to yesterday was very interesting. A researcher at the University of Nottingham found out that it was important for deaf people to start learning sign language at a very early stage in their life. In fact, this time in life is the best for our brain to develop skills essential to communication.
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Phd to success 3.0 – Colm Ryan

How to make a success out of your PhD? This is a big question and probably no one knows the answer. Success is a personal achievement based on what are your expectations and goals: getting a lectureship, working for a big corporate or setting up their own business.

There is definitely someone who made a huge success out of his PhD and postdoc and, in my opinion, this person is Colm Ryan. Colm along with Séan Mac Fhearraigh, Ph.D.  is CEO and founder of the Reagent Genie company. This is a premium life science reagents company with offices in London and Dublin. It was founded to meet the global demands for life science reagents. Through its 3 major brands, Assay Genie, ELISA Genie and Antibody Genie, offers over 55,000 products to customers across the globe. It’s a privately held company with manufacturing operations in the USA, Asia and Europe.
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Phd to success 2.0 – Jennifer Matsui

This is the second of my interview articles to people inside and outside academia who made their own way to success. My interview today is to Jennifer Matsui. She is a student of the Molander group and currently doing her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. I very much admire Jennifer. She is a brilliant and strong woman with excellent PhD records. She has published seven papers in some of the best scientific journals so far as well as being selected for a graduate fellowship award by the big pharma company Bristol-Meyers-Squibb last year. To follow Jennifer, have a look at the LinkedIn profile, Jennifer Matsui, or via Twitter at @molandergroup.
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Phd to success 1.0 – Vincenzo and Cosimo


This is the first of my interview article to people inside and outside academia who made their own way to success. I decided to start talking about the experience of Cosimo and Vincenzo. They both come from Southern Italy like me and are currently working at the Institute of Aerospace Technology at the University of Nottingham. They are both PhD students at the University and won the prestigious Marie Curie PhD scholarship.

Cosimo and Vincenzo graduated from the University of Bologna in Electrical and I met them last year during one of the networking events between the Centres of Doctorial Training and the Institute of Aerospace in Nottingham.
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What does it take to get success in life – Successful people – Part 2

A long while ago, I have written an article about habits of successful people. If interested, please read my previous article. Today, I want to move forward and share the secret of their success. What made people successful in the first place? For example, what does it take for an athlete to win the gold medal at the Olympic games? What does it take for an actor or actress to be a celebrity in Hollywood? What does it take for a big professor to publish papers in Science and Nature?

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How to get out there – maximise the benefit of your Linkedin profile.

Did you know that your LinkedIn profile is the first thing that pops up on Google if someone is looking you up? Did you also know that 94% of users only click on items found on the first page of their Google search? In other words, if you want to make a transition from academia to industry and don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you don’t exist in the professional world. It’s that simple.

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Do you Believe in Life After Graduation? for Graduate Students

I have been recently following the PhDStudent forum on Twitter @PhDStudents and they provide loads of useful information for PhD students. I decided to publish one of their article about life after graduation. Is carrying on going with your field the best decision for you or do you want to explore other options after graduation? Read the following article to find your answer.

This article is aimed at graduate students who are in the process of earning your Master’s degrees or Doctorate degrees. Read the following tips to learn what you should be doing now and over the next few semesters leading up to graduation.
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How to market yourself – Professional business networking and use of social media.

Since my last post about life beyond PhD, Nature has published another article on their blog “Do you believe in life after lab? I believe the magazine has been making an amazing job motivating students in seeking other options outside life in academia and life even beyond your discipline during and after PhD. Their advice is to keep your mind open to whichever chance might come across along the way.

As I said in previous posts, only 3% of all the PhD students in all disciplines end up getting a lectureship/professorship. All the rest must find alternative options. However, the transition to industry isn’t always an easy process and I have heard of people looking for jobs for more than one year before getting a decent one. To avoid this, read my post and learn what you can do to stand out and get more employable even before the end of your PhD.
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