25 episodes

The podcast about equality and feminism in STEM. Join Rebecca & Jodi - two neuroscientists based in London - as they discuss with guests how inequality affects womxn and minorities in STEM*, and ponder what we can all do to fix this as feminists in science. *(Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)

The Academinist The Academinist

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 5 Ratings

The podcast about equality and feminism in STEM. Join Rebecca & Jodi - two neuroscientists based in London - as they discuss with guests how inequality affects womxn and minorities in STEM*, and ponder what we can all do to fix this as feminists in science. *(Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)

    The Cost of PhDing with Sophie Langdon

    The Cost of PhDing with Sophie Langdon

    This month Jodi’s broadcasting from her duvet and Rebecca’s got a thesis in the oven. We’re also joined by Sophie Langdon, Cancer Research UK PhD student, to chat about ‘The Cost of PhDing’. This is an honest, open conversation sharing experiences and discussing the challenges of financial stress and living on a PhD stipend during a cost of living crisis. Sophie also dishes the dirt on both sides of the academia/industry divide, sharing her perspective of returning to academia for a PhD.
    Sign the ‘Postgraduate Researchers Against Low Pay’ open letter to the UKRI. It takes 1 minute and is an easy action you can take relating to the discussion in this episode! There’s also an option to anonymously sign. 
    Sign the letter: bit.ly/UKRIStipends
    Follow Sophie on Twitter: @Sophie_Langdon6
    Check out ‘I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!’: https://imascientist.org.uk/ 
    Want to be a guest on The Academinist?:  https://linktr.ee/theacademinist
    Follow us: @theacademinist (Twitter & Instagram), or write to us at theacademinist@gmail.com.
    Recorded: 6th June and 27th June 2022 (recorded remotely via Zoom). 
    Released: 1st July 2022
    Hosts: Rebecca Casterton, Jodi Barnard
    Producer & Editor: Rebecca Casterton. 
    Music: Right Place, Right Time | Silent Partner (YouTube Audio Library).

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Growth with The Academinist & Friends

    Growth with The Academinist & Friends

    Welcome to the terrible two’s…it’s our birthday and we’ll cry if we want to. The Academinist is 2 years old! This month Rebecca & Jodi reflect on growing, learning and throw the podcasting equivalent of a party,  as we invite our friends from past episodes to join us. The road to  equality in STEM is long and slow, so to celebrate two years of episodes our present from us to you is an episode of hope and sharing what inspires us. Thanks to all of our incredible guests over the past two years, everyone who contributed to this episode and to all our listeners new and old who have stuck with us each month! 
    Featuring: Christine Madla, Ciara Kenneally, Laura Sichlinger, Laura Taylor, Maria O’Hanlon, Molly Ann Williams, Annora Thoeng, Selina Wray, Oluwaseun Ogundele, Tomi Akingbade.
    Listen to part 2 of the ‘Women In Academia’ special episode over at PhDeets, featuring Rebecca and last month’s guest Laura Sichlinger! Find PhDeets wherever you get your podcasts or check out their website.
    PhDeets - http://phdeets.com/ 
    Black Women in Science Podcast - buff.ly/3MAa6DU
    Check out the new podcast by the Black Women in Science network, their first episode is out now and features the fabulous Tomi Akingbade.
    Want to be a guest on The Academinist?:  https://linktr.ee/theacademinist
    Follow us: @theacademinist (Twitter & Instagram), or write to us at theacademinist@gmail.com.
    Recorded: 23rd May 2022
    Released: 27th May 2022
    Hosts: Rebecca Casterton, Jodi Barnard.
    Producer & Editor: Rebecca Casterton. 
    Music: Right Place, Right Time | Silent Partner (YouTube Audio Library).

    • 50 min
    Partners in Crime with Laura Sichlinger

    Partners in Crime with Laura Sichlinger

    This month Jodi’s very quiet, plus we’re joined by Laura Sichlinger, neuroscience PhD student and co-president of Women of the Wohl, to talk ‘Partners in Crime’. Laura chats to us about allies, women in STEM looking out for each other, co-conspiring to dismantle the patriarchy and while we’re on it where are all the men and how do we get them involved? 
    Follow Laura: @LSichlinger (Twitter)
    Women of the Wohl - a gender equality network for STEM staff and students at King’s College London. 
    Website: womenofthewohl.com
    Twitter & Instagram: @womenofthewohl
    Email: womenofthewohl@kcl.ac.uk
    Women in Neuroscience - https://www.storiesofwin.org/ 
    Women’s Brain Project - https://www.womensbrainproject.com/ 
    Listen to Laura & Rebecca discuss the gender pay gap and barriers women face trying to progress in academia over at PhDeets! Find PhDeets wherever you get your podcasts or check out their website.
    PhDeets - http://phdeets.com/ 
    Want to be a guest on The Academinist?:  https://linktr.ee/theacademinist
    Follow us: @theacademinist (Twitter & Instagram), or write to us at theacademinist@gmail.com.
    Recorded: 21st March 2022 and 28th April 2022 (recorded remotely via Zoom). 
    Released: 29th April 2022
    Hosts: Rebecca Casterton, Jodi Parslow. 
    Producer & Editor: Rebecca Casterton. 
    Music: Right Place, Right Time | Silent Partner (YouTube Audio Library).

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Standing Out with Dr. Clara Barker

    Standing Out with Dr. Clara Barker

    This month Jodi and Rebecca ponder taking a nap for the entirety of April after a busy Women’s History Month, discuss PayGapApp: the rebellious Twitter bot sticking it to the patriarchy on International Women’s Day. Plus we’re joined by the fabulous Dr. Clara Barker, an engineer and materials scientist, and Manager of the Centre for Applied Superconductivity at the University of Oxford. Clara chats to us about ‘Standing Out’ in many different senses: being an LGBT+ role model in STEM, breaking down scientist stereotypes, sharing her experiences of being a trans woman in STEM and how small acts of allyship can stand out and make a real difference to those who feel unwelcome in STEM. 
    Follow Clara: @ClaraMBarker (Twitter)
    Check out her YouTube channel: youtube.com/ClaraMBarker
    Watch Clara’s fantastic TEDx talk on ‘Building Trust to Create Diversity in Institutions’
    Go and check out some of the fantastic organisations Clara mentioned, working to showcase underrepresented researchers in STEM, particularly LGBTQIA+ researchers. There are lots of resources, webinars and campaigns to check out - go and learn, support and get involved if you can!
    TIGER In STEMM - https://www.tigerinstemm.org/ or follow them on Twitter @tigerinstemm 
    Pride In STEM - https://prideinstem.org/ or follow them on Twitter @PrideinSTEM 
    The STEM Village - https://www.thestemvillage.com/ or follow on Twitter @TheSTEMvillage 
    The Royal Society of Chemistry report on LGBT+ researchers, plus resources: https://www.rsc.org/new-perspectives/talent/lgbt-report/ 
    Go and check out the IWD antics of PayGapApp: @PayGapApp
    Want to be a guest on The Academinist?:  https://linktr.ee/theacademinist
    Follow us: @theacademinist (Twitter & Instagram), or write to us at theacademinist@gmail.com .
    Recorded:17th February 2022 and 28th March 2022 (recorded remotely via Zoom). 
    Released: 1st April 2022
    Hosts: Rebecca Casterton, Jodi Parslow. 
    Producer & Editor: Rebecca Casterton. 
    Music: Right Place, Right Time | Silent Partner (YouTube Audio Library).

    • 59 min
    Leading From the Front with Prof. Tara Spires-Jones

    Leading From the Front with Prof. Tara Spires-Jones

    Cats and dogs and hats (oh my!) This month brings abundant animal guests, while Rebecca and Jodi contemplate the passage of time. Plus we’re joined by Professor Tara Spires-Jones, Professor of Neurodegeneration at the University of Edinburgh and Founding Editor of Brain Communications (just 2 of her many ‘hats’!) We chat about how research group leaders can lead by example when it comes to running an inclusive lab and supporting progress. Plus we dive into what inclusivity looks like in the sphere of academic journals, open access publishing and the process of starting a journal! 
    Follow Tara: @TSpiresJones (Twitter)
    Check out her lab group’s work at their website.
    Check out Brain Communications at their website here (including the Reviewer Academy and the Observers Programme - some really great schemes for ECR’s!) 
    Follow Brain Communications: @BrainComms (Twitter)
    Check out the British Neuroscience Association and their equality tools & resources for neuroscience researchers here.
    Want to be a guest on The Academinist?:  https://linktr.ee/theacademinist
    Follow us: @theacademinist (Twitter & Instagram), or write to us at theacademinist@gmail.com .
    Recorded: 4th February 2022 and 7th February 2022 (recorded remotely via Zoom). 
    Released: 25th February 2021
    Hosts: Rebecca Casterton, Jodi Parslow. 
    Producer & Editor: Rebecca Casterton. 
    Music: Right Place, Right Time | Silent Partner (YouTube Audio Library).

    • 58 min
    Working Double Time with Ciara Kenneally

    Working Double Time with Ciara Kenneally

    New year, more of The Academinist! We kick off 2022 contemplating who’s really the ‘evil half’ of The Academinist, first jobs and what Beyoncé gets done in 24 hours. Plus we’re joined by Ciara Kenneally, PhD researcher studying antibiotic resistance at Munster Technological Institute, talking about the challenges faced when you need to work on the side to make ends meet while studying, or working a second job. 
    *TW: Burnout and mental health discussed throughout*
    Follow Ciara on Instagram (@ciaras.phd.ramblings) and Twitter (@CK_Sci)
    Check out Ciara's blog: https://ciarasramblings.wordpress.com/ 
    Ireland-based listeners can check out some of the organisations Ciara mentioned, whether you are seeking mental health crisis support, or would like to donate your time or money to support these vital services:
    Pieta House - https://www.pieta.ie/about/
    Aware - https://www.aware.ie/
    Jigsaw (Youth Mental Health) - https://jigsaw.ie/ 
    For UK listeners, here are some excellent charities providing mental health & crisis support:
    Papyrus -  https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
    Samaritans - https://www.samaritans.org/
    Shout (24/7 text support service) - https://giveusashout.org/
    Want to be a guest on The Academinist?:  https://linktr.ee/theacademinist
    Follow us: @theacademinist (Twitter & Instagram), or write to us at theacademinist@gmail.com.
    Recorded: 18th January 2022 and 24th January 2022 (recorded remotely via Zoom).
    Released: 28th January 2021
    Hosts: Rebecca Casterton, Jodi Parslow.
    Producer & Editor: Rebecca Casterton.
    Music: Right Place, Right Time | Silent Partner (YouTube Audio Library).

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

BarnardCB ,

A brilliant find!

A fantastic podcast!! All 3 of the hosts are funny, witty and informed. Will definitely be listening again :)

Dogtrustxx ,

My first ever podcast

Really enjoyed listening to these three chatting g away.
First time I’ve ever listened to a podcast 🤦‍♀️ but very much looking forward to the next one. Keep up the good work!

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