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The IUPAC PostGrad Summer School in Green Chemistry

Recently, UNESCO stated that we NEED Green Chemistry to drive the change towards a more sustainable future. This is quite a strong statement and I will explain why this is the case. Advertisements

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How to write a scientific report

This June has been one of the busiest months since I started my PhD. The major stressor was the writing of my second-year report. In the UK, PhD lasts only 4 years, including submission of the thesis. This is a privilege that most students in other countries don’t have as we know exactly when our PhD will come to an end (and this will … Read More How to write a scientific report

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Making mental health a priority

This article was originally published by Chemistry World, the official magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry. It’s a collection of interviews of scholars suffering from depression. The last interview is my story of doind reseach and struggling with mental health. Myself and Michelle Scire are the people in the featured picture The high rate of mental health problems in postgraduates needs an urgent … Read More Making mental health a priority

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Reflection on the 2nd year of my PhD

My second year started after failing my first year. I was a lot nervous and while trying to fix my report, I also had to move house. This came in a very bad period when my old supervisor left the country (thank God) and I also had to join another lab to carry on going with my research. I felt really alone and I … Read More Reflection on the 2nd year of my PhD

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All the plastic-free items I bought

I hate plastic. It’s polluting our environment and destroying marine life. I recently wrote an article about Ooho, an edible and biodegradable membrane, which will hopefully substitute single-use plastic. I will now share a few items that I bought to improve sustainability and help the only planet we have to live and last longer. Here the list: (click the link to buy these items … Read More All the plastic-free items I bought

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Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.

One of the major issues in academia arose in 2017 was sexual harassment. In the wake of #MeToo, women from within various fields have come together to share stories of their abusive experiences collectively.  To reveal the scale of the problem in academia, Karen Kelsky, a former professor, created her anonymous survey that chronicles the extent of sexual harassment inside the wall of the ivory tower. The document, … Read More Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.

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Collaboration with Stories in Science

The original version of this article can be found on the storiesinscience.org website. How my PhD Training is empowering me Story Key Points Keep an open mind about academia Seeking for non-traditional paths after graduation is not a failure Extra-curricular activities are not waste of time Growing up, I was fascinated by atoms, acids, bases, and basically any chemical reaction. I knew by the … Read More Collaboration with Stories in Science

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The role of vaccines in public health

This article has been written in collaboration with Susanna Park, she blogs at sujanee.com and you find her on Instagram @sujanee A vaccine is something we put in our bodies that looks like or has a tiny part of the ‘microbe’ that produces a disease. When we introduce it in our body, the immune system produces the right antibodies to fight it. The immune … Read More The role of vaccines in public health

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The sugar tax to tackle a social epidemy: Obesity

According to the National Centre of Health, more than one-third of Americans are obese, around 37% of the population. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008; the medical costs for people who have obesity were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. The UK is the most obese country in western Europe, according to the Organisation for … Read More The sugar tax to tackle a social epidemy: Obesity

Life of a PhD student – Be unstoppable

How is it like to do a PhD? And how it is like to be a woman in science? I made this video to tell you about it. To tell how my PhD made me unstoppable. I encourage you to do the same, share your story on Instagram, Twitter or Youtube using the hashtags #phdtosuccess #beunstoppable

Ooho – The edible water bottle

The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex is a giant island of plastic in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. The patch is made of plastic, chemical sludge and other debris trapped by the current of the North Pacific Gyre. The size of the patch is unknown. Estimates of size range from 700000 square kilometres (about the size … Read More Ooho – The edible water bottle

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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 … Read More Pint of Science 2018 Nottingham – Planet Heart