Category Archives: Zone Reports

Livermorium Zone Report – March 2020

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The Livermorium Zone was a general science zone funded by STFC. It featured six scientists:

  • Zoya Ali is a Geneticist at RHC, specialising in prenatal and reproductive genetics
  • Tom Scott is a Lecturer who develops low cost nano-materials for cleaning water at low cost and has been funded by STFC.
  • Stacey New, winner of the Livermorium Zone, is a Climate Scientist at the Met Office, a research partner of STFC, working to help people understand climate change and its impacts.
  • Laura Mason is a Forensic Researcher at DTSL, a research partner of STFC. looking at ways to find evidence that can be used in court cases.
  • James Lees is a PhD student investigating how to make a thermometer for use at a scale of just hundreds of atoms.
  • Connor Prior is a PhD student trying to make new compounds which could provide new ways to make medicines.
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Flerovium Zone Report – March 2020

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The Flerovium Zone was a general zone supported by STFC. It featured six scientists:

  • Tom Dally is a Postdoctoral Researcher using sound and radar to identify and track insect numbers and uses data from STFC facilities.
  • Rebecca Wong is a Safety Case Consultant at Wood plc, an STFC partner company, assessing hazards on nuclear sites.
  • Emily Goddard is a PhD student investigating how to use salt to make heating your home greener and cheaper and uses data from STFC facilities.
  • Elspeth Keating is a Research Fellow in lightweight materials and manufacturing and uses data from STFC facilities.
  • Ben Cropper, the winner of the Flerovium Zone, is a PhD student funded by STFC studying particle physics.
  • Antoine Bourget is a Theoretical Physicist at Imperial College London funded by STFC, who is trying to understand how the world works at a fundamental level.
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Food Zone Report – March 2020

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The Food Zone was a themed zone supported by Wellcome. It featured four scientists:

  • Ross Alexander, the winner of the zone, is a lecturer and researcher looking into what happens when plants get stressed.
  • Martin Johnsson is a Postdoctoral Researcher studying the DNA of pigs and chickens to understand their biology and improve animal breeding.
  • Gabriela da Silva Xavier is a Senior Lecturer in cellular metabolism researching type 2 diabetes.
  • Ellie Spence is a PhD student working with a fungus that kills insects, to try and find an alternative to chemical insecticides.
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Electromagnetic Zone Report – March 2020

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The Electromagnetic Zone was a themed zone funded by STFC. It featured six scientists:

  • Megan Maunder is an STFC funded Space Weather Scientist, whose work allows scientists to better forecast how the weather in space will impact the earth.
  • Katherine Graves is a PhD student who turns plastic into useful carbon nanotubes, and uses electromagnetic radiation data from STFC facilities to see whether they have formed correctly.
  • Jesse Dykes is an Optical Scientist at Qinetiq who uses lasers to see through clouds and fog and communicate with satellites.
  • Dave Constable, the winner of this zone, studies the aurora on Jupiter and Saturn using computer simulations and is funded by STFC.
  • Amelia Edwards is a PhD student based at CERN, working on the design and testing of components for future particle accelerators.
  • Arjuna James is a PhD student funded by STFC studying the atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune.
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Energy Zone Report – March 2020

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The Energy Zone was a themed zone supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry. It featured five scientists:

  • Struan Simpson is a PhD Student making materials that help quantum computers remember things.
  • Isabel Cooley is a PhD Student who uses computer models to help design energy saving materials.
  • Douglas Bray, the winner of the Energy Zone, is a PhD student using Water Hyacinth to make protein for animal food and gas so villagers can cook.
  • David Threlfall is a Lifecycle Engineer at Rolls Royce, ensuring aeroplane engines work safely and reliably.
  • Charlotte Hoskin is a PhD Student making a biological battery to act as an artificial retina.
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Copernicium Zone Report – March 2020

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The Copernicium Zone was a general science zone supported by STFC. It featured six scientists:

  • James Roberts is a mechanical engineer who researches how to build fusion power plants at UKAEA, an STFC partner.
  • Hannah Blyth is an STFC funded PhD student studying plant pathology and looking into how fungi cause disease in wheat leaves.
  • Claire Hobday is a materials chemist who uses STFC facilities in her research on the atomic structure of materials and the effect of pressure on them.
  • Chris Carlton works for STFC managing a panel of experts who assess physics proposals for funding, in areas including nuclear physics and astronomy.
  • Binuraj Menon, the winner of the Copernicium Zone, uses data from STFC facilities in his work on converting microbes to produce new types of molecules.
  • Alice Rhind-Tutt is a PhD student using data from STFC facilities to research how DNA moves, to try and find methods of preventing and curing illnesses including HIV and dementia.
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Community Zone Report – March 2020

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The Community Zone was a themed zone supported by the British Psychological Society. It featured five psychologists:

  • Peter Kinderman is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, studying why people develop mental health problems.
  • Mhairi Bowe is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, who studies how identity and social relationships relate to health and wellbeing.
  • Madeleine Pownall is a PhD Student at the University of Leeds, researching into the stereotypes associated with pregnant women.
  • Catherine Talbot, the winner of the Community Zone, is a PhD student at the University of Exeter, looking into how people with dementia use social media.
  • Andrew McNeill is a Lecturer at Northumbria University, exploring how people respond to being victims of wars and conflicts.
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Childhood Zone Report – March 2020

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The Childhood Zone was a themed zone supported by the British Psychological Society. It featured six psychologists:

  • Tom Gallagher-Mitchell is a lecturer focusing on how we develop and change as we get older.
  • Rachel Reid is a Child and Educational Psychologist working with families in London.
  • Priya Silverstein, the winner of the Childhood Zone, is a postdoctoral researcher looking at the effects of playing with Lego on a child’s ability to learn Maths.
  • Jessica Pope is a PhD researcher looking into the impacts of cancer on adolescent patients and young adult survivors.
  • Dan O’Hare is an Educational Psychologist, making sure that children learn and achieve goals.
  • Beatrice Hayes is a PhD student interested in how children use social media sites.
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Antimicrobial Zone Report – March 2020

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The Antimicrobial Zone was a themed zone supported by Wellcome and the Society for Applied Microbiology. It featured six scientists:

  • Lucy Kelly is a PhD student finding new ways to kill bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
  • Greg Heikel, the winner of the Antimicrobial Zone, is a Trainee Clinical Scientist at the NHS, using blood test results to figure out what is making people feel ill.
  • Emma Hayhurst works in hospitals to try and work out how to stop the spread of dangerous bacteria through feces.
  • David Mark is a PhD student investigating new species of bacteria from soil.
  • Anthony De Souza is a Healthcare Scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, finding out what is causing infections by testing bodily fluids
  • Anna Stec is a Clinical Engineer at Lincoln County Hospital, finding ways pharmacists can help us fight microbials.
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Science Week 2020 Zone Report – March 2020

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The Science Week 2020 Zone was set up in response to the cancellation of the 2020 Big Bang Fair due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. The Zone provided a place for students from schools which were intending to attend the Big Bang Fair to connect with the exhibitors they would have met.

Key figures:

  • 17 live CHATs took place, with a total of 6,071 lines written. This matches the scale of a standard 2-week I’m a Scientist zone, over just 3 days.
  • 140 users (students and teachers) logged into the Zone, 96% of whom actively participated in live CHATs. Many live chats were teacher-led, meaning that the true number of engaged students is higher than the 128 who logged into live chat themselves.
  • 64 scientists and exhibitors actively participated in the Zone. A full list of scientists and exhibitors can be found at: scienceweek20.imascientist.org.uk/scientists/
  • Engagement focussed on live CHATs; no questions were posted through ASK by students or teachers, 21 answers were given in response to the initial question posted by the Zone moderator: What are your plans for Science Week?
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Sustainability Zone Report – November 2019

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The Sustainability Zone was a themed zone supported by Wellcome. It featured six scientists:

  • Stuart Goldie is a Postgraduate Research Assistant, discovering new materials for renewable energy.
  • Scott Dwyer is finding new ways to control a parasitic mite that can kill honey bees.
  • Lisa Kelly manages BASF’s distribution business, trying to supply products like cosmetics, food and pharmaceuticals in a sustainable way.
  • Jack Saunders is a polymer scientist making new plastics for paints, to help keep things in better conditions for longer.
  • Caragh Whitehead is a research technician looking at how plants can lead to improvements in all areas of our lives.
  • Alex Batchelor, the winner of this zone, is a PhD student investigating how plant roots can get more phosphorous from the soil, to help them grow better and produce more food.
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Society Zone Report – November 2019

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The Society Zone was a themed zone supported by the British Psychological Society. It featured six psychologists:

  • Phil Agnew runs a podcast called Nudge, which looks at behavioural science and consumer psychology.
  • Liam Wignall is researching how people interact with each other in different settings, with a focus on social media.
  • Kohinoor Darda has recently completed a PhD on the neural mechanisms of how we interact and imitate in the social world, but unfortunately had to drop out at the start of the event.
  • Karolina Urbanska is a research associate currently exploring how funny images or videos can affect our feelings and behaviour.
  • Jack Joyce, the winner of this zone, is a conversation analyst exploring how people use language and what that language can tell us about their culture.
  • Debbie Kinsey is studying for a PhD exploring how museums can help people with dementia to live a good life.
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Roentgenium Zone Report – November 2019

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The Roentgenium Zone was a themed zone supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. It featured six scientists:

  • Varun Ramaswamy, the winner of this Zone, is a PhD student at the Institute of Cancer Research, finding the shapes of different proteins in the body and uses data from sTFC facilities.
  • Samantha Firth is the Communications and Social Media Officer for STFC.
  • Rebecca Shaw is a Research Technician at the University of Aberdeen at the Institute of Medical Sciences.
  • Anna Kalorkoti is a materials scientist exploring how materials change when the world around them changes at a company that uses STFC facilities.
  • Alin Elena works at Daresbury Laboratory as a computational scientist.
  • Adam Washington works at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon source, building and maintaining instruments for visiting scientists to use.
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Nuclear Zone Report – November 2019

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The Nuclear Zone was a themed zone supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. It featured six scientists:

  • Mark Johnson, the winner of this zone, works at CERN on the ALPHA experiment, trapping individual atoms made out of antimatter.
  • Liam Gaffney studies radioactive or unstable isotopes at CERN, to help us understand how protons and neutrons bind together.
  • Laura Sinclair is a medical physicist specialising in nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology.
  • Kasia Clarke is a PhD student whose group uses Diamond Light Source in studying new materials for nuclear reactors to allow them to produce energy in a safer, more reliable way.
  • Gina Parker works for a nuclear engineering company as a structural analyst making computer simulations of the cores of nuclear reactors.
  • Felix Warren is an apprentice on a scheme run by the UK Atomic Energy Authority and STFC, with an interest in fusion energy and communications.
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Microbe Zone Report – November 2019

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The Microbe Zone was a themed zone supported by the Microbiology Society. It featured six scientists:

  • Tom Snelling is a research scientist studying cells in the body that fight back against germs.
  • Steven Rudder uses DNA sequencing to detect and explore genomes of bacteria inside humans and animals, to understand what makes us ill.
  • Jessica Mitchell is a post-doctoral researcher looking at ways people in poorer countries, without access to doctors, take care of their health.
  • Haafizah Hoosen is a PhD student investigating parasites and how we can stop them making us sick.
  • Clio Andreae is a senior scientist working within an infection team to help accelerate the development and testing of new antimicrobial compounds and vaccines.
  • Bruno Silvester, the winner in this zone, is a research scientist germs that cannot be killed by medicines.
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Meitnerium Zone Report – November 2019

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The Meitnerium Zone was a themed zone supported by Wellcome. It featured six scientists:

  • Sarah Knight works at the University of York, exploring why we get distracted by background noise when we’re trying to listen to another person speaking.
  • Isaac Halstead is a PhD student looking at the psychological factors of gene editing attitudes – what makes a person support or oppose its use.
  • Hira Virdee is a space laser scientist, using lasers to increase the power of satellite solar panels.
  • Elena Maters, the winner of this zone, is studying how volcanoes affect our environment and why ash particles from different volcanoes influence chemistry and clouds.
  • Anisha Wijeyesekera is studying how diet can impact the bacteria in our gut, and how this can positively or negatively influence our health.
  • Alex Leide looks at how ceramics break at the nanoscale, to help design stronger materials.
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Health Behaviour Zone Report – November 2019

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The Health Behaviour Zone was a themed zone supported by the British Psychological Society. It featured four psychologists:

  • Jolel Miah, the winner of this zone, is a PhD student working within the prison service, giving motivation counselling to prisoners to help them make healthier decisions.
  • Emily Mattacola is researching how teenagers think about and behave around their health, and how this is impacted by their relationships with friends.
  • Amber Cronin is an Intelligence Co-ordinator, exploring how people have been treated when they’ve gone to the doctors or hospital or social services.
  • Alex Spiers is a PhD student interested in the mental health of teenagers, and researching the effect of mobile phone use on their mental health.
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Enquiry Zone Report – November 2019

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The Enquiry Zone was a themed zone supported by the British Psychological Society. It featured five psychologists:

  • Vassilis Sideropoulos is a research technician, whose project idea explores how visual patterns affect our attention.
  • Pizza Chow is a postdoctoral research fellow, and as the winner will develop her project idea, where students will test the problem-solving ability of their pets or local wildlife.
  • Line Caes is a lecturer in Psychology, who wanted to look at how parents can best help their children when they are in pain.
  • Kareena McAloney-Kocaman is a lecturer in Applied Health Psychology, proposing a project exploring whether we can teach people to be more creative.
  • Carolina Brett is a works in Health Psychology, whose project idea explores what makes us happy.
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Elements Zone Report – November 2019

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The Elements Zone was a themed zone supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry. It featured six scientists:

  • William Wiseman is a technical manager in industry who mixes zirconium with metal oxides to create ceramic materials used in places such as aeroplanes and oil rigs.
  • Thibaut Deviese is a chemist who uses the radioactivity of carbon isotopes to help archaeologists date objects.
  • Harry Wilkinson is a PhD student recreating iron and sulphur compounds usually found in the body with the aim of replacing unsustainable industrial processes.
  • Georgia Orton is a research scientist trying to make iron do the job of platinum in reactions using tiny cage structures called MOFs (metal organic frameworks).
  • Emily Sparkes is a PhD student who studies how well enzymes make and break bonds between silicon and oxygen.
  • Aimee Egglestone is an industry development chemist helping scientists to scale up their experimental reactions using carbon compounds to industrial levels.
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Electromagnetic Zone Report – November 2019

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The Electromagnetic Zone was a themed zone supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. It featured six scientists:

  • Sameed Muhammed is a research scientist at CERN, studying how matter and antimatter interact with each other.
  • Jose Brandao-Neto works at Diamond Light Source helping researchers discover new medicinal drugs using X-rays.
  • Joanna Barstow, the winner of this zone, uses data from spacecraft cameras to investigate the atmospheres of planets and exoplanets.
  • Heidi Thiemann is an STFC funded PhD student researching how variable stars change over time.
  • Freya Addison is a PhD student at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science using radar data to study clouds and insects.
  • Chris Rink is a masters student whose group uses ISIS and Diamond to study new magnetic compounds.
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