Sexism has become a big deal in STEM, and rightly so. But when it comes to racism and xenophobia, it’s all very taboo. No one will ever admit it’s a problem, because it means admitting a colleague is racist. And that is just not cool. But it’s there. A lot of people think that racism… Read More Where are you ‘originally’ from?
I have been pleasantly surprised to find that wikihow changed an article after I blogged about it. So thank you wikihow for acknowledging that this article was pretty insulting. However, it still remains pretty insulting. A for effort, F for actually addressing what was wrong with this article in the first place. For context, the… Read More How to dress like a nerd as a girl
Recently, I was introduced to a group of Swiss researchers at a conference. And so we went for ‘la bise’ (if you don’t know what ‘la bise’ is, you are a lucky person). Little did I know that the Swiss did 3 kisses, while back home we only do 2. So we kissed each other on the… Read More A guide to networking for awkward people
Conference welcome drinks. In other words, the awkward moment when you realise you don’t know anyone, and that you are standing by yourself in a corner. I live to dread these moments. At my first conference, a man in his seventies came to talk to me and tell me how I would not amount to… Read More What’s it like being a young woman in science? Sometimes pretty sh*te
I stumbled across this pearl of wisdom the other day: “how to be and dress like a nerd when you are a girl” where the author elaborated on how to let “everyone know you are a true thinker”. There were a few useful tips on how to look smarter: go easy on the makeup wash… Read More According to wikihow, brains and beauty do not go hand in hand.