The open door on my Star Wars Lego advent mark the passing of another month. November was a brilliant mix of things. Lots of workshops, performances and interviews. I've picked a few highlights for this month.
November in numbers:
2950 miles travelled by train (same as London to Moscow)
64 hours consultancy
25 hours running workshops
10 hours performing on stage
Do you smell almonds?
November saw the start of a new show for me. "Do you smell almonds?" looks at the flavours and smells of chemistry. This all came from my fascination of cola (which I've just finished writing a book on, due out next year!). Cola started off a cocaine fused wine to help wean opium addicts off their habit, so it's changed a lot over its 133 year history. Form a chemist's perspective it is a fascinating mix of volatile aromatic compounds - some are familiar and pleasant like cinnamon and vanilla while others you'd never guess like hay, cheese and...dung.
I was delivering these talks for the Training Partnership who put on brilliant days for GCSE and A Level students across the country.
A new workshop for me "getting social" looks at the uses, benefits and pitfalls for researchers using social media. It was odd, considering I spend so much time on it, that I've never really spoken about how to use it.
Was great to put together a short course for postgraduate researchers at the University of Aberdeen. We look at different platforms, tools and then rounded off the day creating some video content.
Trade me for a shiny
Before I became freelance I didn't even know that Science Trade Shows were things, but they totally are! I was delighted to be the keynote for my second one this year when the Suppliers a Go Go team invited me down to share my Sci Comm journey with them.
If you are curious what a science trade show is, it's a place where companies come to display all their equipment - because Argos do