While struggling to remember people’s names (most of them seem to be Anna or Maria, how can I still get that wrong?), or to recognize the right floor (it’s the one with the black sofas and red carpet, not the one with the black carpet and red sofas) I realize it has been 4.5 years since I… Read More Testing the water: my internship at VR
No matter what your relation to science is, be it “I think research, dream experiments and breathe hypotheses” or “I do appreciate my phone and not dying from a common cold”, this is something for you! On the 14th of April, yes indeed, this very Saturday, there will be another March for Science! *crowds cheer,… Read More Science is in the air!
Welcome to the dark side. Wait, what?! In my opinion, there’s a significant dark side to what’s supposed to be science communication. Sit back, relax and let me take you through some musings on the issue. The first thing I want to bring up is the idea that “correlation is not causation”. It can be… Read More Welcome to the dark side: The ivory tower and its casualties – Part 2
Once upon a time… someone decided the public had the right, even the need, maybe even the duty, to know what was going on in science. Well, probably it has been “decided” upon multiple times, but a striking example was when the Royal Institute of London started Christmas lectures for the general public. In these… Read More The ivory tower and its casualties – Part 1
Picture this: It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon and I’m having a coffee with other KI PhD students in Stockholm. We talk about work, science and interests, and I mention I’m really fascinated by popular science. The reaction: “What do you mean? What science is popular right now?”. I was quite surprised and never thought of… Read More A casual vocab lesson in popular science
Hi there! I’m Ayla, a recent addition to the blog team, and this post is a short intro to, well, me. The science I’m a Belgium borne Bio-Science engineer and moved to Stockholm after my master. Upon arrival I spend some mental effort learning Swedish and started my PhD in Robert Månsson’s group at Karolinska… Read More New Blogger: Ayla De Paepe on Popular Science and Science in Popular Culture
It was a regular evening commute. I was watching new videos on YouTube and browsing social media, when suddenly I got in a bit of an identity crisis. One of my fellow PhD students had sent me an invitation to join the March For Science on the 22nd of April in Stockholm. She knows I… Read More To march or not to march