11 episodes

‘Cuppa with a Scientist' is a podcast that aims to inspire the next generation of scientists. Hosted by Loughborough University's PR and Communications Officer – and aspiring scientist – Meg Cox, the series interviews a different scientist each episode about their academic journey to the top. The show will discuss how some of Loughborough’s academic stars went from a confused teenager choosing A-Level subjects to a leader in their field – sharing plenty of weird and wonderful stories and golden nuggets of advice in between.As well as keeping your ears and brain entertained, ‘Cuppa with a Scientist’ aims to dispel the myth that all scientists wear white lab coats and provide an insight into how vast the world of science really is.

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‘Cuppa with a Scientist' is a podcast that aims to inspire the next generation of scientists. Hosted by Loughborough University's PR and Communications Officer – and aspiring scientist – Meg Cox, the series interviews a different scientist each episode about their academic journey to the top. The show will discuss how some of Loughborough’s academic stars went from a confused teenager choosing A-Level subjects to a leader in their field – sharing plenty of weird and wonderful stories and golden nuggets of advice in between.As well as keeping your ears and brain entertained, ‘Cuppa with a Scientist’ aims to dispel the myth that all scientists wear white lab coats and provide an insight into how vast the world of science really is.

    E9 - Cuppa with a... Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology

    E9 - Cuppa with a... Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology

    Professor Mark Lewis, an expert in musculoskeletal biology, discusses his involvement in the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) plus future research and why a small, cute amphibian has piqued the interest of scientists working in this area. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    E8 - Cuppa with a Cognitive Psychologist

    E8 - Cuppa with a Cognitive Psychologist

    Dr Kinga Morsanyi, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Cognition, discusses the issue and highlights that it’s important that those with maths anxiety understand it doesn’t mean they’re bad at maths. 

    Time Stamps - 
    00:00:00 - Welcome
    00:01:12  - Introducing Kinga Morsanyi 
    00:03:35 - Life as a Cognitive Psychologist
    00:05:51 - What does a Cognitive Psychologist do?
    00:10:11 - Misconceptions surrounding the role
    00:12:26 - GP aspirations and journey into psychology
    00:20:50 - Life after a PhD, travelling and standout moments
    00:27:00 - Competing for jobs and being a woman working in science
    00:30:35 - Varied work life and research
    00:39:55 - Maths anxiety doesn't mean you're bad at the subject
    00:53:29 - Most unusual part of the job...
    00:55:45 - Career goals
    00:57:27 - Cognitive Psychologist hobbies
    00:59:02 - Hot topics and advice for students
    01:04:43 - Why should somebody consider a career as a Cognitive Psychologist?
    01:07:12 - Thanks and goodbye

    • 1 hr 8 min
    E7 - Cuppa with a Physicist

    E7 - Cuppa with a Physicist

    Physicist Dr Sarah Bugby discusses her academic journey, ongoing research and an idea involving artificial skin that led to a peculiar meeting, to name but a few topics...

    Time Stamps - 
    00:00:00 - Welcome
    00:01:08  - Introducing Dr Sarah Bugby
    00:03:35 - Life  as a physicist in the medical field
    00:05:53 - Misconceptions about being a physicist 
    00:07:16 - Vet? Butcher? Teacher? The journey to becoming a physicist 
    00:11:57 - Handling rejection and bouncing back as a researcher
    00:11:40 - Stories from the field
    00:13:00 - Being a woman in physics
    00:16:25 - Life after a PhD and working life
    00:20:54 - Collaborating overseas...
    00:22:30 - Lab work... building and testing
    00:24:22 - Small Gamma cameras to identify cancer 
    00:37:05 - More exciting research areas
    00:42:03 - Favourite parts of the job... and the not so good bits
    00:44:37 - 3D printed mouse skeletons and... ahem... unexpected adult toys
    00:47:51 - Inspiration and career goals
    00:50:18 - What does a physicist do in their spare time?
    00:51:46 - What's next...
    00:53:24 - Hot topics and advice for students aiming for a career in physics
    00:58:05 - Limit-less campaign
    00:59:12 - Thanks and goodbye

    • 1 hr
    E6 - Cuppa with an Extreme Weather Scientist

    E6 - Cuppa with an Extreme Weather Scientist

    Aspiring scientist and host Meg Cox is joined by extreme weather and climate scientist Professor Rob Wilby to discuss a career in environmental science, extreme weather and COP26.

    Time Stamps - 
    00:00:00 - Welcome
    00:01:46  - Introducing Professor Rob Wilby
    00:03:48 - What is a Professor of Hydroclimatic Modelling
    00:06:21 - Storms and the journey to a career in extreme weather
    00:10:48 - Losing a passport in Tajikistan
    00:11:57 - Handling rejection and bouncing back as a researcher
    00:13:57 - Varied work life and COP26
    00:17:50 - Research: from extreme weather events to conservation 
    00:26:35 - Climate change and the fear of uncertainty
    00:28:12 - Extreme indoor temperatures and taking action 
    00:30:05 - Capturing water temperatures and why it's important
    00:34:23 - Favourite part of the job and not-so-glamorous bits
    00:36:30 - Hanging Polo mints in rivers...
    00:38:09 - Battling environmental issues provides great motivation 
    00:39:50 - Next career goals and hobbies
    00:42:40 - Importance of communicating research for the media and a wider audience
    00:44:07 - Hot topics for climate research and words of wisdom for aspiring scientists
    00:47:06 - Why should people consider a career in environmental sciences?
    00:48:17 - Summing up a career in three words... plus the lights go out! 
    00:49:49 - Thanks and goodbye

    • 51 min
    E5 - Cuppa with a Physiology of Ageing Scientist

    E5 - Cuppa with a Physiology of Ageing Scientist

    Aspiring scientist and host Meg Cox is joined by gender and an expert in the physiology of ageing, Professor James Goodwin, to discuss what is good for the brain, how a career in the army helped his scientific work and writing a book...

    Time Stamps - 
    00:00:00 - Welcome
    00:01:08 - Introducing Professor James Goodwin
    00:05:13 - What is does an expert in the physiology of ageing do?
    00:09:23 - Do you have the answer to eternal youth? (Common misconceptions)
    00:10:36 - Career goals growing up and the army
    00:15:33 - Becoming a mature student and completing a Masters degree
    00:19:38 - Presentations to experts, PhDs and beyond
    00:32:53 - Working at Age UK, meeting royalty and research
    00:41:02 - Returning to Loughborough University as a visiting professor
    00:44:07 - Stand out moments in field work and project outcomes
    00:46:42 - Career challenges and learnings
    00:52:00 - Ongoing research
    00:54:15 - Further research and standout work
    00:58:30 - Supercharge your brain... What is good for your brain?
    01:05:15 - Next career goals... and most exciting part of the job
    01:09:03 - Weirdest parts of the job...
    01:13:30 - Next hot topics in the field and words of wisdom
    01:18:26 - Thanks and goodbye

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    E4 - Cuppa with a… Gender and Health Psychologist

    E4 - Cuppa with a… Gender and Health Psychologist

    Aspiring scientist and host Meg Cox is joined by gender and health psychologist Dr Gemma Witcomb to discuss life as a scientist, juggling children and academia, transgender and non-binary participation in sport, and body image and eating behaviour. 

    • 49 min

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