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The Babraham Institute works to deliver impact by translating our science and understanding of fundamental biology to promote lifelong health and wellbeing. Our blogs offer scientists, staff and guests the chance to share their individual views and experiences on the Institute's efforts to deliver research impacts and to build a welcoming and diverse community.

 

 

16/06/2022

Why I work in animal research

One of our colleagues who works in our animal facility shares why they decided to work in the field.

18/05/2022

From Zimbabwe to Cambridge: my global scientific journey

One of our PhD students Tombi shares how her passion for science and helping others has taken her around the world and offered a range of exciting opportunities.

10/03/2022

A day in the life of a postdoctoral researcher

For National Careers Week, we have asked some colleagues to share more about their careers. In this post, one of our talented postdocs Katie shares more about what a typical day in the life looks like for her.

09/03/2022

A day in the life of a Flow Cytometry Specialist

For National Careers Week, we have asked some colleagues to share more about their careers. In this post, our Flow Cytometry Specialist Sam shares more about what a typical day in the life looks like for him.

07/03/2022

How I got into my career in animal welfare

For National Careers Week, we have asked some colleagues to share more about their careers. In this post, a member of staff from our Biological Support Unit shares their path into a career in animal welfare.

23/02/2022

My Babraham placement: the fuel for an exciting scientific career

Feri talks about her research placement in the Schoenfelder lab and how her experience fuelled a passion for science and significantly helped my career progression.

08/12/2021

‘Educating RITA’ – the Research Institute Technician Symposium 2021

The second Research Institute Technician Symposium was held on 5th November and our colleague Mike shares more about what happened.

02/11/2020

From the Lab to Engagement

Say hello to Mike, our new adult and communities Public Engagement Officer. Here he talks about his career journey from working in a lab to sharing his love of science through public engagement.

06/10/2020

My journey to Babraham

Meet Fergus, our newest Public Engagement team member.  In this introductory blog post, he gives us an insight into his career path so far, his passion for engagement, and some of the events we have to look forward to in the coming months.

26/05/2020

Academia or Industry? Black and white or shades of grey?

Many scientists are faced with a key decision at some point in their career; to either persist with an academic career, with its high attrition rate and treadmill of grant writing, or look to move into industry. Back when I was a PhD student (1987-1991) there was a certain snobbery about industrial bioscience - some told me it was ‘boring’, ‘turning-the-handle’, and ‘not very creative’. My own experience has been somewhat different.

10/02/2020

Schools’ Day 2020: Our scientists answer students’ questions (Part Three)

As part of our build-up to Schools’ Day 2020 we asked students to submit their questions to our researchers. This series of three blog posts answers the top four questions. Read on to learn about what motivated our researchers to follow a career in science, their perspectives on the importance of maths and computing skills and whether a degree in science is essential.

10/02/2020

Schools’ Day 2020: Our scientists answer students’ questions (Part Two)

As part of our build-up to Schools’ Day 2020 we asked students to submit their questions to our researchers. This series of three blog posts answers the top four questions. Read on to learn about what motivated our researchers to follow a career in science, their perspectives on the importance of maths and computing skills and whether a degree in science is essential.

10/02/2020

Schools’ Day 2020: Our scientists answer students’ questions (Part One)

As part of our build-up to Schools’ Day 2020 we asked students to submit their questions to our researchers. This series of three blog posts answers the top four questions. Read on to learn about what motivated our researchers to follow a career in science, their perspectives on the importance of maths and computing skills and whether a degree in science is essential.

16/08/2017

A technical services perspective on Public Engagement

Run as part of the visit by Generating Genius students as described in the previous blog, Oliver Burns from the Institute's Technical Services team describes the interactive tour he has developed to show visiting students how much work it takes to keep a research lab working safely.

31/07/2017

Generating Genius

Emma Minihane and Richard Odle meet with students from Generating Genius to discuss career options in STEM.

24/05/2017

Treading the Path to Independent Research

Laura Woods, a final year PhD student in the Hemberger group, is considering the next steps in her career.

15/02/2017

University and life in the lab – sharing experience of early-stage research careers

Emma, a first-year PhD student in the Cook research group, reflects on the careers discussion sessions she led with students from the University Technical College in Cambridge.

10/02/2017

Open Access – Sharing Experiences on a Life in Science

Danielle Hoyle introduces Danny Kingsley, who talks about Open Access, Open Research Data, and the challenges she has overcome in her career.

17/01/2017

Your Life, Your Science: Getting the Balance Right for You

Adrian Liston from the Translational Immunology Lab at the VIB in Leuven, Belgium decribes how it is important to balance the joy of parenthood balanced with exciting research.