My name’s Emma, and I like brains. I’m just going into my third year as an Experimental Psychology student at Oxford, where my excitement for the British Science Festival is providing a perfect distraction from writing my dissertation and panicking about post-grad options.
I primarily got involved with the x-change to embrace my inner (or rather, increasingly outer) geek, and get more experience in different aspects of science communication. I love writing and organising events, so saw this as a great opportunity to broaden out into the big wide science world and get involved with the backstage workings of the festival – not to mention the chance to meet some of my science heroes!
Among the top events I’d like to catch during the week are Essi Viding on why some people become psychopaths (Joseph Lister Award Lecture), David Barclay explaining how science is really used in forensic investigation (‘CSI: Fact or Fiction?’), Richard Wiseman’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Behind the Scenes with Michael Mosley’. I’m also a big fan of things with edible content – bring on the ‘Science of Cocktails’!
But most of all, I am of course looking forward to the x-change. And you really should be too - I look forward to meeting you all there! J