My Life Scientific

I've spent many hours working on this microscope over the last few years...

I’ve spent many hours working on this microscope over the last few years…

Here you will find links to blog posts I have written about my scientific experiences in academia. In future I hope to also include posts about my new experiences in science communication/publishing.

Prior to starting my current job I worked as a research scientist for 5 years.  During this time I completed a PhD (and a short PostDoc contract) studying the friendly relationships formed between legume plants and nitrogen-fixing bacteria. To find out why I decided to leave research please read my recent post.

The links on this page will take you to blog posts I’ve written about my experiences in science, both as a research scientist and as a science communicator.

Science Communication

Learning how to stand up for science: I recently attended a Standing up for Science Media Workshop run by the Sense about Science charity. Read more…

A Brownie Guide science evening: Outside of my “scientific life” I volunteer with Girlguiding as an assistant leader with a local Brownie Guide unit. Every week for about an hour and a half I help run a range of activities for a group of 7-10 year old girls. Read more…

 

Life as a research scientist

My PhD in pictures: Last Friday I donned a strange-looking outfit to graduate with my PhD. I had a lovely day with my family, and many of my friends who came back to Norwich to graduate. Despite having a certificate (and photographic evidence), it is still quite hard to believe that my PhD is now well and truly finished. Read more…

The plant scientist and novice gardener: Some people think that because I am a plant scientist I should also know a lot about gardening. Think again. The extent of my gardening is tending to some house-plants and a few herbs outside. All of these plants are pretty low maintenance. Read more…

The pros and cons of flexible working in science: As a research scientist working in academia I have a lot of flexibility in my working hours. Read more…

5 things I’ve realised while studying for a PhD: With just over 5 months before my deadline for PhD thesis submission I have been taking stock of the last few years and thinking about my next career steps. Read more…

5 useful, but tedious PhD tasks: …I have enjoyed my PhD research I can’t pretend that I haven’t found some of the tasks involved dull, tedious and at times frustrating. Read more…

My 5 favourite experimental tasks: As a follow up to 5 useful, but tedious PhD tasks I thought I would describe some of my favourite experimental tasks (just in case I gave the impression that I haven’t enjoyed my PhD!) Read more…

The 10 stages of PhD thesis writing: Here is my view on science PhD thesis writing as taken from mine and my fellow students experiences: 1. Denial…  Read more…

Unfinished business from my PhD: I recently submitted my PhD thesis, survived my viva (thesis defence) and have just submitted the final version of my thesis to my University. However, my PhD research is not quite finished with me yet. Read more…

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