Women in STEM: Lucy

Lucy in the lab

My 45th guest is Lucy, a science enthusiast, science communicator and a qualified NHS Biomedical Scientist.

Hi Lucy! First of all would you like to tell us something about you?

I’m Lucy, I’m 26 and a science enthusiast – I’m a qualified NHS biomedical scientist who wants to make sense of science

When did you start your Twitter and Instagram accounts? And your blog? How did you get the idea?

I started my Twitter first, then branched out into Instagram, and then decided to take the plunge and get my own blog. I always knew science comms was for me and I had no idea the power of social media back then! Its given me some incredible opportunities.

Can you tell us something about how you balance work and private life? 

To be honest, its a bit of a blend. My blog is my hobby – and my job is science writing so I never really switch off. Which for me, is healthy as its good to have hobbies outside of work – just turns out that mine is pretty similar. Winding down is something I’ve struggled with in the past – but spending time watching Netflix with my cat is the best remedy for me.

Lucy enjoying her free time

During your academic studies how many women were in course? Why in your opinion?

Honestly, I was one of only a handful of women who have gone on to utilise the science degree. In my opinion its not the most attractive degree for women and I noticed that although some of the lecturers were women, they often weren’t in the highest paid positions. (Although this has changed now – and I’m glad!)

How did you become passionate about science? 

My family has always encouraged, often difficult but open scientific discussion about our viewpoints. “Lucy, have you heard about stem cells?” “What do you think of animal testing?” “Lucy, have you seen they can do this in the lab?” Science has always been a point of fascination for me. And for that, I thank my grandfather. Sharing the scientific discoveries and curious facts in a way that I, as an eager 11-year old, could understand. As I grew up, my fascination grew deeper. I started to be the one asking the questions, if my grandfather had heard of the genome project or monoclonal antibodies? Had he seen that scientists have been able to help a quadriplegic move his fingers with a help of a chip in his brain? Its always been an underlying passion for me.

Would you like to talk briefly about your job?

I work for a small local charity in research communications – I love it.

Thank you so much for your time. Lastly, can you give any advice to girls interested in STEM?

GO FOR IT. There is nothing more rewarding than working in STEM!

Follow Lucy on Instagram, Twitter and her scicomm website.

Lucy and co-workers

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