Biographical interviews with scientists past and present
In preparation for the upcoming new episodes, I've been listening back to some of my favourite moments from season one of Scientists not the Science, and put them together in this special compilation episode.
Dr Silvia Vignolini is a lecturer in the chemistry of materials at the University of Cambridge. She shares her experience of lecturing undergraduates, leading researchers, and sharing her research through the media.
James Threadgill works with supersonic wind and left his industry job to further his love of learning and understanding. He shares his drive for research, and reflections on choosing and pursuing a PhD.
Hannah Stern works with lasers. Really fast lasers. She was inspired to apply for a PhD at the University of Cambridge, thanks to a chance encounter with an academic, high in the mountains on New Zealand.
Not all scientists start off as the geeky science students at school. Francesca Boughey is a PhD student at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge.
Professor Chris Hunter is the Herschel Smith Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. I ask him what being a professor actually means, and he shares his wisdom and insight from a highly successful career in science.
Dr Daniel Sutton is a tribologist at the University of Southampton. He doesn't study tribes. I find out what it’s like being a post-doctoral researcher working at the cutting edge of science, and also what drives his passion for research.
Dr Matt Fuchter is a senior lecturer in synthetic and medicinal chemistry at Imperial College London. We talk about his role as both a senior lecturer and as a PhD supervisor, plus much more.
Dr Steve Cross is head of public engagement at UCL in London, and a science communicator extraordinaire. We talk about public engagement, the open mic nights he has founded (Bright Club, Science Showoff and Museums Showoff), and the importance of naked mole rats.
Christian Clear has just started a physics PhD after working for a number of years in industry. We talk about how his prior experience impacts his work ethic, and what it’s like to be effectively self-employed.
Alexandra Rolland is an epidemiologist working for Public Health England, studying the impact of HIV across the UK. We talk about how she balances data collection and privacy protection as well as the ethics and responsibilities of scientists in her field.
Florian Steiner is a theoretical physicist at Imperial College London who does calculations to make better solar cells. I discover who his influences are, what it’s like working in a foreign language, and his experience working in a government department.
In this first episode I talk to Dr Roland Piper, a physicist who has recently moved from the academic to industrial world. I find out about his experiences in both, and whether PhD students would benefit from stand-up meetings.
'Scientists not the Science' is a new podcast about the people working in science. In each episode I interview a new guest connected to this world and learn about their experiences and thoughts.