Volunteers

Dr Brian Blood

Brian has a degree in Physics from Queen Mary, London University and a doctorate from Oxford University where he researched the action of cardiac glycosides on the contractility of cardiac muscle. Following post-doctoral research as a member of the cardiac electro-physiology team led by the eminent British biologist and founding member of Save British Science, Denis Noble, Brian spent thirty years running a musical instrument manufacturing firm and performing professionally on TV, radio, film, recordings and concert platforms as a recorder player. He began working as a volunteer for Sense about Science in December 2010, since when he has been developing the CMS database that supports our events, campaigns, projects and general client relationships.

Dr Danae Dodge

Danae is one of our Ask for Evidence ambassadors, giving talks and writing articles about the campaign. She is also volunteering with Sense about Science EU, and is hoping to use her Greek language skills and connections to launch the Ask for Evidence campaign in Greece. Danae completed her PhD in scientific archaeology, specialising in ancient DNA, at the University of Sheffield in 2010, and now volunteers for several science non-profits including British Science Association / Science Brainwaves, The Scientista Foundation USA, and Sense about Science. She is also studying science policy and communication in her spare time and is doing temporary work.

Mabon Elis

Mabon was on a volunteer placement in the Sense about Science office as part of his PhD programme at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. His research is on plant evolution and flower colour choices made by bumblebees. He has an MSc in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement from the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia, and before this, he studied Plant Science at the University of Manchester. At Sense about Science, Mabon is involved in the Ask for Evidence campaign and the plant science panel. He also helps out with some design work, including an infographic to accompany the Making Sense of Chemical Stories guide.

Koral Hassan

Koral is in his third year of an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree at Imperial College London. He will be with our team for a month as part of their “Charity Insights” placement scheme. He has experience in graphic design and video editing and has contributed to various societies at university. During his time with us,
Koral will be working on making videos for the Voice of Young Science network and our work sharing the value of peer review with the public. He will also be helping with the Ask for Evidence campaign, our plant science and energy panels, and preparations for the 2017 John Maddox Prize selection process.

Lindsay Hogg, Sense about Science Scotland

Lindsay is a Senior Investigator Scientist at MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow. She is working on a project called ‘Telling good science from bad science’ to develop a toolkit to help distinguish good evidence from bad evidence. Lindsay joined Sense about Science in 2010, as the Assistant Director and she now coordinates our Scottish programme on a voluntary basis. She is also currently working on Sense about CSI and the reprint of Making Sense of Chemical Stories. She previously worked at the Glasgow Science Centre where she project managed and developed exhibitions targeted at different audiences on topics from forces, perception or physiology to the ethical implications of scientific endeavour. She has worked in public engagement with science for over 10 years, developing educational activities including shows, workshops, exhibits and games. Lindsay studied genetics at the University of Edinburgh and has a Masters in science communication. Lindsay also sits on the community advisory board of the MRC-HPA centre and is a reviewer for the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious grant scheme for public engagement with engineering.

Paige Panter

Paige is carrying out a PhD at Durham University, looking at how the plant cell wall can help protect against freezing damage. Before specialising in plant science, she completed her BSc in Biological Sciences, also at Durham University, and an MRes in Biosciences at Newcastle University. Paige volunteers at several science communication events, including ‘Celebrate Science’ and ‘Science into Schools’, as well as for the National Trust as a wildlife room guide. During her two month placement at Sense about Science, funded by the BBSRC DTP training programme, Paige will be involved in the John Maddox Prize as well as supporting campaigns like Ask for Evidence and Reddit AMAs.

Anna Stikane

Anna is a Latvian PhD researcher at the University of Leeds. She aims to complete her PhD research exploring technological opportunities of biological nano-compartments by September 2019. In her spare time, she’s often off travelling or fiddling around with her violin. Anna spent three months at Sense about Science Brussels office as part of a placement scheme funded by her PhD training programme (BBSRC White Rose DTP). She was involved in supporting the Evidence Matters EU campaign and event in the European parliament. She is currently a volunteer helping to extend the Ask for Evidence and VoYS network in Latvia.

Previous volunteers

Kathryn Brian

Kathryn is a volunteer intern working at Sense about Science on a three month placement as part of a scheme funded by her PhD training programme (BBSRC). Kathryn’s PhD focuses on environmental and agricultural chemistry at the University of Nottingham and aims to be completed by September 2018. Prior to studying at Nottingham, Kathryn read biology at the University of Manchester. Kathryn is a member of the VoYS network and supports the ‘Ask for Evidence’ campaign, writing up her experiences of asking for evidence as a blog. She is based at the EU office in Brussels, where she’s supporting the campaigns Evidence Matters, Ask for Evidence and VoYS.

Leah Callender-Crowe

Leah has a BSc in Zoology from Swansea University, an MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity from Imperial College London and is currently completing a PhD at The University of Manchester, where she studies Evolutionary Biology, particularly phylogenetic methods (the construction of evolutionary trees). Leah is volunteering for Sense about Science as part of her BBSRC-funded PhD programme, supporting the campaigns and helping to organise various events. Before starting her scientific career, Leah used to compose and choreograph. In her spare time she currently enjoys learning languages and writing.

Emma Lawrence

Emma is completing a PhD in Plant Genetics at the University of Cambridge, studying the natural variation in chromosome crossover distribution during meiotic recombination. Prior to this, she completed a degree in Biological Natural Sciences, also at the University of Cambridge. She is currently undertaking a three month placement at Sense about Science, supporting their events, campaigns, and the Plant Science Panel.

Emily Parr

Emily is completing a PhD in Infection and Immunity at the University of Edinburgh, exploring the interaction between a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus and the immune system in different hosts. Before her PhD, she completed her BSc in Biology at Imperial College, followed by an MSc in Immunology of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Emily is volunteering for Sense about Science as part of her BBSRC-funded PhD program, supporting campaigns like Ask for Evidence and Reddit AMAs.