Communication – the art of science

I’m back! It’s been an interesting few months, but work is ever so slowly ticking away, but it’s now nearly Christmas so I can start winding down.

Last month, I decided to test my video-making skills and make a 3-minute video detailing my PhD research. I submitted it to my school as part of our Research Day video competition. The synopsis is that wheat is an important source of food, but climate change is impacting rainfall, which in turn affects the solubility of nitrogen and efficiency of its uptake. Both water and nitrogen are important for healthy plant growth, so the goal is to find a way in which we can maximise yields despite the unpredictability of rainfall and lower nitrogen application rates.

Unfortunately, it didn’t win, but I learnt a lot in the whole process. Like don’t leave it until the last week to make it. Or stay up late. You will end up making mistakes and having to re-do it… Oh the joys.

That aside, definitely keen to continue making videos alongside my blog! If you have any ideas, give me a shout. I love hearing from fellow scientists and also the non-scientists among you.

I’ll leave you with some inspirational quotes:

We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. ~ Marie Curie

Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated. ~ Rosalind Franklin

Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Enjoy! 🙂



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