Paula Iturralde-Pólit

Meet Paula Iturralde-Pólit, a PhD student who is interested in studying how the environmental factors influence fitness in species!

Paula is an Ecuadorian biologist, an ecologist, and a bat lover. She completed her Bachelor degree in Biology at Universidad Católica del Ecuador, and she did a M.Sc. in Ecology at Université François Rabelais de Tours, France. During her career she has been actively involved in projects to conserve Ecuador’s stunning biodiversity, including the design of an educational notebook for children with the aim of raising the commitment of people towards the protection of bats. She is currently a PhD student at Universidad de Costa Rica at Chaverri’s Lab where she is learning about bat bioacoustics in collaboration of the Acoustic and Functional Ecology Research Group from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany.

Emma diving

Meet Emma Strand, a PhD student studying acclimatization of coral and passionate about science outreach!

Emma Strand is a Ph.D. student at the University of Rhode Island in Dr. Hollie Putnam’s lab. She studies ecophysiology and epigenetics of coral reefs under climate change stressors like ocean acidification and warming waters. Her research focuses on the patterns of gene expression, DNA methylation, and physiological stress response in order to inform effective, long-term coral restoration and conservation efforts. Outside of lab projects, she is an active science communicator and educator.

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Meet Eleni Routoula, a passionate researcher about colours and science communication!

Eleni is a chemical engineer that got trained to be a materials scientist. She is currently finishing her PhD in chemical and biological engineering, at the University of Sheffield, looking on how to design, prepare and test novel biocatalyst, focusing on water treatment. Her research involves colour transformations and she honestly did not think she would be so excited to see solutions changing colours. Besides her research, Eleni enjoys “spreading the science” and promoting equality in STEM through public engagement.

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Meet Saloni Rose, a passionate neurobiologist from India!

Saloni grew up in Kalpakkam, a small town south of Chennai, India. She completed her masters in biological sciences from the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, Mohali. She will start her PhD this fall. Her research focuses on learning mechanisms and brain structure in invertebrates. In her spare time, Saloni loves to photograph birds and butterflies. Saloni is very passionate about science communication and outreach. Through her research, she wishes to educate the public with evidence-based factual information and dispell pseudoscientific ideas.

Particle physicists want to prove the existence of the hypothetical Axion-like particles that might be constituents of the mysterious dark matter but haven´t been seen so far.

Scientists are Conducting Fundamental Research With ‘Speed Machines’!

Particle physicists claim they understand the universe, but the complexity of this surprising paradox behind our universe reveals to us that still 95 percent of the universe is yet not understood nor has it been seen directly. Mind dazzling indeed but if our universe would not contain e.g. entropy, wiggling particles possessing their own “wiggle-room” so to speak and slow, non-excited, as they seem to be, “hippy particles” as some of its fundamental components, we would not have the complex world we see today, including you and me.

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Paula Iturralde-Pólit

Meet Paula Iturralde-Pólit, a PhD student who is interested in studying how the environmental factors influence fitness in species!

Paula is an Ecuadorian biologist, an ecologist, and a bat lover. She completed her Bachelor degree in Biology at Universidad Católica del Ecuador, and she did a M.Sc. in Ecology at Université François Rabelais de Tours, France. During her career she has been actively involved in projects to conserve Ecuador’s stunning biodiversity, including the design of an educational notebook for children with the aim of raising the commitment of people towards the protection of bats. She is currently a PhD student at Universidad de Costa Rica at Chaverri’s Lab where she is learning about bat bioacoustics in collaboration of the Acoustic and Functional Ecology Research Group from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany.

Emma diving

Meet Emma Strand, a PhD student studying acclimatization of coral and passionate about science outreach!

Emma Strand is a Ph.D. student at the University of Rhode Island in Dr. Hollie Putnam’s lab. She studies ecophysiology and epigenetics of coral reefs under climate change stressors like ocean acidification and warming waters. Her research focuses on the patterns of gene expression, DNA methylation, and physiological stress response in order to inform effective, long-term coral restoration and conservation efforts. Outside of lab projects, she is an active science communicator and educator.

In Palma (Mallorca)

Meet Eleni Routoula, a passionate researcher about colours and science communication!

Eleni is a chemical engineer that got trained to be a materials scientist. She is currently finishing her PhD in chemical and biological engineering, at the University of Sheffield, looking on how to design, prepare and test novel biocatalyst, focusing on water treatment. Her research involves colour transformations and she honestly did not think she would be so excited to see solutions changing colours. Besides her research, Eleni enjoys “spreading the science” and promoting equality in STEM through public engagement.

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Particle physicists want to prove the existence of the hypothetical Axion-like particles that might be constituents of the mysterious dark matter but haven´t been seen so far.

Scientists are Conducting Fundamental Research With ‘Speed Machines’!

Particle physicists claim they understand the universe, but the complexity of this surprising paradox behind our universe reveals to us that still 95 percent of the universe is yet not understood nor has it been seen directly. Mind dazzling indeed but if our universe would not contain e.g. entropy, wiggling particles possessing their own “wiggle-room” so to speak and slow, non-excited, as they seem to be, “hippy particles” as some of its fundamental components, we would not have the complex world we see today, including you and me.

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Science Journalism: The Communication Channel between Complex Research Findings and the General Public

Clinical speaking, the aim of a science journalist is to render very detailed, specific, and often jargon-laden information provided by scientists into a form that non-scientists can understand and appreciate while still communicating the information accurately. We want to be your communication channel… your bridge between complex scientific data and the theories of the general public.

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A new play tells the story of the 1st Canadian Female Nuclear Physicist!

Actor and playwright Ellen Denny is on a mission to tell the world about her great great aunt Harriet Brooks.

Growing up, Ellen knew there was a scientist in her family, but it wasn’t until she read Harriet Brooks: Pioneer Nuclear Scientist by Geoffrey Rayner-Canham and Marelene Rayner-Canham that she began to understand who her great great aunt truly was, and what she was able to accomplish. As an established theatre actor curious to try playwriting, Harriet’s story of perseverance and sacrifice was the igniting spark for Ellen to write her first play, entitled Wonder. Now, more than four years into the creation process, her passion for telling this story has only increased…