My name is Jennie and I have just finished studying Microbiology at the University of Nottingham. I started this blog because in third year I started a research project and was let loose in a proper lab amongst other scary things. This virtual notepad gives me a place to voice my thoughts an opinions as well as hopefully shedding light on what it’s like to be in my shoes.
I’m working hard to make sure that my future is filled with some sort of science communication job. In September 2017 I started a Science Communication Masters at UWE Bristol which is a great first step towards my dream career whatever that may be!
I like to do science communication with the help of my Giant Microbes; soft fluffy versions of the bugs that cause disease. They make conveying what might be a boring, science message more fun and accessible which hopefully shows in the pictures I’ve taken. Whenever I’ve taken them to fairs in the past, people love them and want one of their own. I used them mainly as props to make posts on the Instagram account for UoN’s Microbiology Society (MicroSoc) of which I was a part of until I graduated.
In 2016 I became part of of the Early Career Scientist (ECS) Committee within the Society for Applied Microbiology. I love to talk to people at the best of times but being able to talk to them about science without boring them is a definite bonus! I am now ECS Publications Officer and write articles in the quarterly magazine that is sent out to their members… so exciting! At the ECS Research Symposiums I use one of my giant microbes, Percy the Pimple in Twitter campaigns to advertise the event and now also us Twitter to summarise and simplify the talks that take place in both the ECS events and the annual conferences. My latest endeavour with the society was to make a podcast of the 2018 ECS Research Symposium inspired by a module in my masters course.
If you like fiction, my dad and I have a blog where we post short stories that pop into our heads; A Thousand Words. Each story is linked to a picture that we have taken either in the past or on the day that inspiration struck. Photography is another one of my hobbies and I decided to undertake a module in it as part of my third year of my undergraduate degree. This led to me adding Instagram to my growing list of social media profiles and so if you want to take a peek at my photos, search @jenniefrench95 and see what you find!