My 42nd is Dr. Arti, a passionate and dedicated science communicator.
Hi Dr. Arti! First of all would you like to tell us something about you?
Experienced multicultural and multidisciplinary scientist dedicated to science communication in all forms. “I am among those who think that beauty of science should attract everyone.” I have an ardent desire to apply my knowledge in science to positively impact people’s lives. My passion is to spread science both among the scientific and non-scientific communities.
When did you start your Twitter account? How did you get the idea?
I joined Twitter to promote science communication in 2020. Social media is a powerful platform for science outreach and communication.
Can you tell us something about how you balance work and private life?
I love my work as a science writer and communicator. The positives of this work outweigh the negatives and this thought helps me balance my work and private life. Of course having a fungal biologist as a supportive husband helps a lot.
During your academic studies how many women were in course? Why in your opinion?
I was fortunate to have women during my academic studies. Though I strongly missed a all women mentorship panel throughout my academic life. I think it is needed for every women in STEM.
Have you ever felt harassed or being kept apart as a scholar because you are a woman?
Yes definitely. Growing up in a conservative society was the beginning of my struggle.
How did you become passionate about science?
I found solace in Science since my childhood. Its simplicity and the process of finding solutions to problems attracted me the most. I think I continued in academia to gain more insight into science communication and writing. Now I use my skills as a scientist to promote and advocate science communication to society.
Would you like to talk briefly about your job?
Yes. I love talking about science communication and writing.
Thank you so much for your time. Lastly, can you give any advice to girls interested in STEM?
Dare to dream big. The power to overcome obstacles in your way to achieve those dreams comes from your passion itself.