6 episodes

Have you ever wondered whether sleep is really that important? Or why we find flowers attractive? Join me as I sit down with the UK's leading scientists to answer some of the most important questions in science, speak about their research and discover the journeys they took to get to where they are today.

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    • Life Sciences

Have you ever wondered whether sleep is really that important? Or why we find flowers attractive? Join me as I sit down with the UK's leading scientists to answer some of the most important questions in science, speak about their research and discover the journeys they took to get to where they are today.

    Episode 6 - Dreaming of Electric Fish with Kassandra Ford

    Episode 6 - Dreaming of Electric Fish with Kassandra Ford

    Kassandra Ford is a PhD candidate studying the evolution of electric fish. She's also one of the co-organisers of #blackbirdersweek, an advocate for better representation in STEM and an amazing role-model for anyone wanting to go into academia or education.

    • 18 min
    Episode 5 - Championing Diversity in STEM using Art with Dr. Heidi Gardner (from Science on a Postcard)

    Episode 5 - Championing Diversity in STEM using Art with Dr. Heidi Gardner (from Science on a Postcard)

    Heidi Gardner is as a clinical researcher working to improve how the medical industry develops new treatments. She also runs the incredible Science On A Postcard - a business designed to improve the visibility of scientists around the world no matter what they look like or what weird field they study!

    • 19 min
    Episode 4 - Conserving the High Seas with Melissa Cronin

    Episode 4 - Conserving the High Seas with Melissa Cronin

    Melissa Cronin is a conservation ecologist working to protect manta and devil rays living in the high seas. However, prior to undertaking her PhD she worked as a conservation journalist and was published by the Huffington Post, the New York Times and Vice. In this podcast we explored the influence of growing up on a lobster fishery, how her dad's late life career change inspired her to do the same and how we can prevent the deaths of the elusive manta ray as a result of by-catch by tuna fishermen.

    • 30 min
    Episode 3 - Creating Art from Science with Life Science Studios

    Episode 3 - Creating Art from Science with Life Science Studios

    Hello and welcome to the third episode of my podcast a sit down with a scientist where I'm joined by Julie Johnson a science illustrator who founded the amazing Life Science Studios (https://www.lifesciencestudios.com/) , to discuss how she became a science illustrator, her time as a scientist at Monterey Bay and why she got into science in the first place!

    Check out Julie's website and buy her amazing art! https://www.lifesciencestudios.com/

    Follow Julie on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/jehimes

    Follow me on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/SJ_McKay

    and have an incredible day!

    • 23 min
    Episode 2 - What's the problem with Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra? With Dr Cathy Mulligan

    Episode 2 - What's the problem with Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra? With Dr Cathy Mulligan

    This episode I sat down with Dr Cathy Mulligan, a financial expert at the world economic forum and a lecturer at UCL and Imperial College London to talk about her experiences as a woman in tech, whether cryptocurrency is still really that much of a big deal and how financial technologies can address the imbalance of power in our society.
    Some things you should definitely do...
    Follow Cathy on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/API_Economics
    Follow me on Twitter:
    https://www.twitter.com/SJ_McKay
    And have a lovely day!

    • 28 min
    Episode 1 - Is sleep really that important? With Dr. Giorgio Gilestro

    Episode 1 - Is sleep really that important? With Dr. Giorgio Gilestro

    Hi everyone and welcome to the first episode of Sit Down with a Scientist! I'm Sam and in this episode I had the chance to talk to Dr Giorgio Gilestro, a scientist from Imperial College London who studies sleep and whether or not it's really that important.
    Some things you should definitely do...
    Follow Giorgio on Twitter:
    https://www.twitter.com/giorgiogilestro
    Follow me on Twitter:
    https://www.twitter.com/SJ_McKay
    And have a lovely day!

    • 21 min

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