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Away From The Bench

Away From The Bench

By David Wilson
A podcast exploring the changing landscape of scientific research and academia.

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The STEM Village - Matthew Sinton

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The STEM Village - Matthew Sinton
Hey friends, welcome back to Away from the Bench where we're exploring the changing landscape of research and academia, through the experiences and lives of scientists and their allies. As always you can get in touch with the show on twitter @AFTB_Podcast, let me know what you think. In this episode I wanted to talk to Matthew Sinton about launching the STEM Village, an initiative that aims to build a community for LGBTQ+ scientists in Scotland. I also felt this was a great opportunity to hear his story about the scenic route he took to reach the startline of his PhD. An experience I can sympathise with and I think will resonate with you too. I hope you enjoy it. ------------------------- The STEM Village Twitter: @thestemvillage The STEM Village Website: https://thestemvillage.co.uk/ Matthew Sinton: @mcsinton
56:43
August 11, 2020
Virtual (Sur)Viva - Lana Woolford
Whether you like it or not Virtual Vivas are likely to be here for the foreseeable future. So what's it like to actually take part in one? In this episode the newly minted Dr. Lana Woolford reflects on successfully defending her PhD thesis by Zoom during a global pandemic with her thoughts for others on how to prepare for a viva in this format. She also tells us about her creative side hustle, Cloud Chamber Studios, as a freelance graphic artist and scientific animator. www.twitter.com/lanawoolford www.twitter.com/chamber_science
37:46
June 22, 2020
Virtual Conferences, a Brave New World?
In this episode Emma Sands and I chat about her experience of attending a virtual conference and how this might be the tipping point for this format to become more prolific in the future. You can find Emma on Twitter: @EmmaIsSandy and on Youtube: https://tinyurl.com/y7bsdjd5 I hope you enjoy it.
25:59
June 19, 2020
Elaine Emmerson
Hey friend, welcome to Away from the Bench where we explore how on earth researchers are attempting to remain productive in unproductive circumstances, maintain their positivity and look after themselves and their families during uncertain times. Today I've got a conversation I had with the engaging Elaine Emmerson, a Group Leader at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Scotland recorded on the 30th of April. We talk about how her daily tasks haven't changed as much as you might think, the responsibility of caring for her team and ponder would Steven Fry been a better Harry Potter? I hope you enjoy it. Find out more about Elaine and her work @DoctorEmmerson and @EmmersonLab_CRM Also mentioned in this episode is an interview with Elaine for the 1 Million Women in STEM project it can be found here: https://www.1mwis.com/profiles/elaine-emmerson
32:11
May 4, 2020
Marlene Magalhaes
Hey friend, welcome to Away from the Bench where we explore how on earth researchers are attempting to remain productive in unproductive circumstances, maintain their positivity and look after themselves and their families during uncertain times. Today I've got a conversation I had with the wonderful Marelen Magalhaes, a Post Doc in Cardiovascular Research at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland recorded on the 7th of April. We talk about her coffee protocol optimisation, hosting a thesis writing workshop for PhD students, all while pandering to her needy co-worker cat. I hope you enjoy it. Check out Marelene here: @MarleneMaPi The Insiders Guide to Writing a Thesis: https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/iad4researchers/2020/04/15/the-insiders-guide-to-thesis-writing/
31:49
April 23, 2020
Hazel Lambert
Hey friend, welcome to Away from the Bench where we explore how on earth researchers are attempting to remain productive in unproductive circumstances, maintain their positivity and look after themselves and their families during uncertain times. Today I've got a conversation I had with the wonderful Hazel Lambert, a Public Engagment with Research Manager at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland recorded on the 1st of April. We talk about her insights into working from home after doing it in a previous role for nearly 4 years, her tips on how we can try to adapt to this new normal, and what massive tune gets the crowd going at the Working From Home Office Disco. I hope you enjoy it. Adjusting to working from home by Hazel Lambert: https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/scope/2020/03/24/337/ Find Hazel on Twitter here: @ScienceHzla
24:27
April 14, 2020
Rachel Strickman
Hey friend, welcome to Away from the Bench where we explore how on earth researchers are attempt to remain productive in unproductive circumstances, maintain their positivity and look after themselves and their families during uncertain times. Today I've got a conversation I had with Rachel Strickman , a Research Associate at the University of Washington in Seattle recorded on the 26th of March. @RachelStrickman We talk about trying to keep her experiments going as a key worker, embracing and benefiting from the plethora of remote meetings now available and likening working from home with kids to all the battles in Lord of the Rings rolled into one. Any comments or questions about the podcast can be aimed at: @AFTB_Podcast I hope you enjoy it.
25:38
April 3, 2020
Emma Sands
"Today I've got a conversation I had with Emma Sands, a PhD student at Dundee University in Scotland recorded on the 24th March. We chat briefly about shutting down her lab work early, the benefits of reading before planning an experiment and keeping an eye on what her neighbours are up to. I hope you enjoy it." You can find Emma on Twitter: @EmmaIsSandy and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvw7hPNqE4OeSVzY0AyfIJg Any comments or questions about the podcast can be aimed at: @AFTB_Podcast
23:11
March 30, 2020
Welcome to "Away From The Bench"
@AFTB_Podcast Welcome to Away from the Bench, a podcast where we're going to explore how on earth researchers are attempting to remain productive in unproductive circumstances. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic many researchers have abandoned their offices and labs and decamped to their own homes to continue working. But how are they trying to simply get stuff done when they can no longer conduct lab based experiments, physically interact with their teams on a daily basis, and have kids and pets climbing over them for attention. How have their daily working lives changed. I'm David, a PhD student at Edinburgh University in Scotland and I want to find out how everyone else is trying to maintain their productivity, positivity and look after themselves and their families during these uncertain times. Join me as I chat to researchers at all stages in their careers to ask them "What's your new normal like?"
01:27
March 29, 2020