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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.

 

 

08/01/2021

A tale of two Melanies: mitigating the impact of lab long term leave

Long term leave, like maternity leave, has major impacts on researchers' careers. At the Babraham Institute, we've trialled a roving researcher position to support scientists on leave. Melanie and Melanie share their stories from both sides of the experience here.

27/11/2020

The equality4success Alternative Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us once again so Elizabeth is back with a whole new set of gift suggestions!

17/11/2020

A tribute to Michael Wakelam

Since it began, Michael Wakelam was a permanent member of the Institute’s Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team, now equality4success. Here, the two chairs of the committee share their memories of working with Michael and how he was essential to the Institute’s achievements in improving diversity and inclusion.

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.

27/03/2020

equality4success book reviews

Staff and students from the Babraham Institute share reviews of a variety of books about equality, diversity and STEM.

10/03/2020

Celebrating women at the Babraham Institute

Women contribute to the Babraham Institute in roles throughout the organisation including students, cleaners, group leaders, nursery staff, and many more. This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating their achievements with five women sharing their stories.

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.

06/02/2020

Relearning how to speak: how to be more inclusive every day through language

Language is an important tool in creating inclusive environments but how can you be sure to get it right? In this article, Elizabeth gives some advice on basic principles that will help communicate inclusively.

10/12/2019

My experience of the first Research Institutes Technician Symposium

How the Technician Commitment and RITS2019 inspired me

12/11/2019

The equality4success Alternative Gift Guide 2019

Elizabeth is back with a selection of fun stereotype-defying gifts that entertain and inform. You're sure to find something you want to get for people on your list, or maybe yourself!

11/10/2019

Why gender equality is important to me: five male perspectives

Gender equality is in everyone’s interests – including men. This International Men’s Day, five men from our equality4success team share their reasons for getting involved.

02/10/2019

Our Sixth Form Summer of Science

Karan, Storme and Ania are enthusiastic A-Level students experienced life in our labs as Nuffield Placement students, discovering more about the exciting opportunities a research career can offer.

24/09/2019

How scientists are making research outcomes more inclusive

At the recent EDIS symposium, scientists got together to share ideas on making research outcomes more relevant to everyone. Here Elizabeth shares the variety of methods the scientific community is using to make that a reality.

03/09/2019

Vaccines On Tour: Why Should We Care About Vaccination?

Steph Norwood, the Babraham Institute's ORION Project lead, explains the latest call for collaborators to co-create a museum exhibit on vaccination.

14/08/2019

8 things we learnt from lunch with Katrin Rittinger

Four Babraham Institute PhD researchers share what they learned from a chat with Katrin Rittinger and her talk about her career journey

24/07/2019

Practical examples of demonstrating impact in an Athena SWAN application

Cheryl expands on her advice for creating an impactful Athena SWAN application with examples from our own recent successful Silver Award