Dr Steves has become a regular interviewee on COVID-related stories in the media. You can hear her interview on how to predict long COVID with BBC World Service, or with BBC Inside Science discussing the signs of long COVID.
Our researchers aren’t just breaking the bias in traditional media. Ella-Louise Hubber has been breaking new ground with her science communication via social media. Her TikTok account big_science_energy recently celebrated 100 thousand followers, reaching out to people with scientific facts and videos about life on the bench. She also began co-hosting a podcast that has already made the podcasting charts!
To commemorate International Women's Day 2022, Professor Georgina Ellison-Hughes, School of Basic & Medical Biosciences Academic Lead for Development, Diversity & Inclusion (DDI) interviewed Professor Cathy Shanahan, the Vice-Dean DDI for the Faculty in her new podcast ‘Let’s Talk EDI’.
In our regular ‘5 minutes with’ interviews we learnt more about the women who keep King’s at the forefront of research and teaching excellence. Dr Megan Rossi explained how she has harnessed the power of social media, using her Instagram account to debunk dietary falsehoods, as well as telling us who inspires her as a woman. She was just one of the many women featured, including Kimmy Lam; who spoke of her passion for reducing barriers in palliative care; or Kirsty Massetti who discussed her work as a Technical Manager in the dissection room.
Another inspiring figure we profiled this year was Dr Elsa Desmond, one of our medical graduates. Dr Desmond became Ireland’s first ever Olympic luger in the 2022 Winter Olympics, completing her MBBS degree whilst training for Olympic competition.
Dr Monica Agromayor set up the inReach programme to help break the bias for the next generation of scientists. inReach provides undergraduates who are interested in a research career with a PhD student to mentor them. Targeted at students who are underrepresented in science, 7/10 PhD mentors and 19/20 undergraduates taking part are women.
As a Faculty we are immensely proud of not only the women mentioned in this article, but of all the women in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. The work undertaken by women and men across the Faculty is one part of King's collective effort to #BreakTheBias against women in science, and in academia as a whole.