Space travel rarely fails to capture the human imagination. Yuri Gagarin first escaped the Earth’s atmosphere in 1961, and 57 years later, our appetite for extra-terrestrial exploration shows no sign of slowing down.
As scientists, we need to break down the stigma associated with a career in science. By tackling the idea of ‘brainy’ and ‘highly organised’ people going into science, we can highlight the vast amount of opportunity in science, in and outside the lab.
This October, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the 2018 Nobel Prizes. This years’ prizes in particular show how much of an impact basic science can have on medicine – investigating the how and why can give us insights into treatments.
If you’re currently looking for a PhD project or if you’re in your first year, I hope this blog can give you some guidance and useful advice on what to expect during your journey as a PhD student.
Our activity titled “Decoding and Designing”, which was part of the Midlothian science festival, brought the concepts of Bioinformatics and Synthetic Biology to kids. Those are two abstract terms which sound difficult to comprehend and communicate.