So you’ve found your way to this blog, which means we most likely have (at least) one thing in common: we share an interest in science. I don’t know what your background is or what has brought you here – whether you’re a scientist or someone from outside the profession who’s interested in a recent finding, controversy or general research life and wants to learn more – I hope I can provide some answers and point you in the right direction.
My initial tag line said “Everyone can understand science” and that’s something I firmly believe in. It might take some initiative from the non-scientific audience in terms of time investment and background research (you’re obviously already doing that), but a lot also depends on the way science is presented. Scientists are aware of an increasing call for them to become more actively involved in communicating their research to the public – in fact, most of them will agree that it is their duty to give the newly created knowledge back to the tax payer who funds their research. More about this here.
The aim of this blog is to offer accurate and relevant scientific information in the same quality I’d expect from a science publication but without the academic language embellishment. Below every article you will find all the references I’ve used when researching the topic so that you can easily verify claims in the text and make up your own mind. Besides interesting recent findings I will also write about surrounding issues in science & science communication, for example how research is done today (At the Bench), current controversies and timely topics my contributors and I care about.
Please note that this blog represents my own views and not those of my employers or collaborators. Feel free to comment and express your opinion using the comment section or the contact form.
Who runs this blog?
I started this blog many years ago in the final year of my PhD in a research lab in London, working on a skin cancer/stem cell project. Obviously the final year should involve quite a bit of scientific writing, ideally on one’s Thesis and not a blog, but back then I had already given up on trying to restrict my curiosity to one project. I found every bit of science at least as interesting as the science I was (supposed to be) doing myself. In the end, and greatly aided by the writing endeavours from the years before, I decided to turn my back on the bench to be able to immerse myself more fully into all sorts of scientific areas. So I converted an interest that would have been a waste of time during my lab days into a job and joined a science publisher, where I now have plenty of opportunities to keep up-to-date with the newest scientific findings. A few years into the job I still find myself as excited about research as I was during my PhD days – it just never gets boring and it never ends. There are always new things to explore and every newly found answer uncovers further questions.
My name is Shiv and I am a post-doc at the University of Leeds and a medical doctor. I enjoy all facets of science and love talking about it! I’m always looking to connect with people and discuss and share ideas.
I like chemistry, as well as a lil’ reading and writing. In my spare time I can be found turning myself into a pretzel (hatha yoga will do that to you) or falling from a wall (I’m a bouldering newbie). Have a look at my blog.