Talking Science with Nicole Fetchet


  During the month of August we have been celebrating women in science and technology. We know it’s the last day of August but we just wanted to sneak one more in. Nicole Fetchet worked as an Industrial Chemist before running away to join the Questacon Science Circus. Now she will be heading off on a research trip to Antarctica as part of Homeward Bound, an amazing initiative bringing together women in STEM leadership from all over the world. We caught up with her over a drink to talk all things science. Here is what she told us:   ‘I… Continue Reading

Talking Science with Dr Erin Walsh


  Have you ever noticed that there always seems to be a handful of ‘iconic’ people on a university campus? You know the type: someone whom everybody knows and recognises even if they have never had a class with them. When I studied science at the Australian National University (ANU) there was such a person. She was affectionately dubbed ‘Yellow Girl’ and as you may have guessed, she made herself conspicuous by dressing solely in the colour yellow. So iconic was she that I even heard her mentioned on the radio earlier in the year when, during O Week, discussion… Continue Reading

Talking Science with Erica Heidger from the Creative Element


  It’s National Science Week and instead of celebrating all things science for just one week, we thought we would celebrate all month long. That’s why we are dedicating the entire month of August to women kicking butt in science and tech. We got the ball rolling with our interview with Madi from Shirty Science and now we are chatting with Erica Heidger from science based start-up The Creative Element. As well as offering training and consulting services, The Creative Element puts on amazing community events. Their incredibly popular adults-only event, Pretty Dangerous Science, includes workshops where you can learn… Continue Reading

Shirty Science


  From the 12 – 20th of August it is National Science Week: a whole week (quite a long one you will notice) dedicated to celebrating science. We love science here at Leiden so we thought that instead of just celebrating the wonder of science for just one week we would dedicate the month of August to celebrating women in science. To get the ball rolling we chatted with Madison Hartill-Law who is not only kicking butt in her science career but has also developed an initiative that brings together science and fashion.   Leiden What initially drew you to… Continue Reading

Computer Programmers are Supermodels not Geeks


  Gone are the days when the programmer/ computer scientist was a stereotyped weirdo with no social skills and most often thought of as male. This stereotype was shattered by supermodel Karlie Kloss who has taught herself how to code (the skills behind becoming a programmer) and is now sponsoring a program to get young girls in the United States into coding. Kloss, of Victoria’s Secret fame,  says coding is a superpower and opens an unlimited amount of doors and girls need to be encouraged into the field as they are currently under-represented. I can also say I am breaking… Continue Reading