We live in an age where food is grossly abundant. Those distant days when people foraged the land for plants to eat — and even when they shifted to setting up their own farms — seems almost inconceivable now. The intensive nature of the food industry has meant that there’s virtually nothing you can’t buy on a trip to your local supermarket, even if it’s come from the other side of the world. Continue reading Is ‘clean meat’ possible?
Paywalls have become the scourge of this intrepid desk-chair policy officer, and I sometimes find myself reminiscing about my former university libraries with their vast range of journal subscriptions and inter-library loans, which together made paywalls seemingly non-existent. Continue reading Open access: what’s all the fuss about?
This year, I’ve been extremely grateful to have been awarded a Diversity in Science grant from the Biochemical Society to help facilitate the launch of an engagement and advocacy project that’s been brewing in my mind for a long time. It’s a podcast called Querdy (a mash up of the words Queer and Nerdy), which aims to showcase queer scientists, researchers, and specialists with the help of nerdy performers and comedians. Continue reading Science and the Queer Agenda
Despite the existence of staff LGBTQ+ networks at a majority of universities, many LGBTQ+ identifying staff are not openly out in the workplace. It is hardly surprising that students find it difficult to be open about their sexuality when there is a lack of representation and supportive student-oriented networks. Continue reading Being Openly LGBTQ+ in STEM