I HAVE to dedicate an ALDLive17 post to my new STEM hero. Aphra Bennet. This bad ass STEM lady is 17 years old, and I’m quite sure she is set to take the STEM world by storm. And soon.
Last November I took the leap and moved from a Research Postdoc role to a ‘research support’ Public Involvement and Engagement role. I won’t deny I was nervous about this move
- Had I just wasted 7 years of my working life focussing on research when I wasn’t going to do it any more? (Turns out no)
- Would my skills be transferable (absolutely)
- Was this the ‘right decision’ (yes!)
I was ditching research for good. Famous last words.
I’m bringing back the event that kick-started my love of the knit and purl; Knit a Neuron!!!
I work at the University of Oxford, and part of my role is to run ‘engagement events’. The University as a whole is hosting a Curiosity Carnival on September 16th and 29th to teach the public about our research. I’m a neuroscientist by background, and in my eagerness to take part in the event I suggested they have a ‘Knit a Neuron’ installation. The aim is help kids make neurons, and teach them about brain and health research. Not only was this idea met with enthusiasm, I was asked to organise the whole thing.
This is where you, crafting community, come in.
So, I’ve successfully completed my first month as a post-doctoral research assistant. What a month it’s been. Still no completion date in sight for my PhD thesis, but that’s for another day. I’ve submitted ethics amendments, helped apply for a grant (thus potentially securing my job for next year), attended meetings, made suggestions. And I’m struggling for more things to do. Continue reading