After reflecting on my undergraduate years, and psyching myself up for the start of my postgraduate life, my adventure is now officially beginning. I have moved back to Swansea, secured a part time job and now the countdown until the start of my course has begun.
I'm trying to get back into work-mode after what has been a very lazy summer. Luckily for me, Swansea University had the perfect opportunity to get me thinking and engaging with science: the British Science Festival. This is an event organised by the British Science Association which takes place at a different university each year. The festival sees leading researchers from all over the UK taking to the stage to share their knowledge and engage people from other disciplines in all areas of the scientific spectrum.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend all four days of talks which varied from genome editing and 3D bioprinting (literally printing new body parts) to why we swear and the factors that influence our eating behaviour. Some scientists even ran interactive workshops. Neuroscientists Uta Frith and Chris Frith lead a workshop called “Making Science Graphic” where we practised turning scientific concepts into cartoon strips.
Swansea Nutrition, Appetite and Cognition Research Group (aptly shortened to SNAC) also provided an interactive experience with their foodscape guided walk.
To round off what was a great week, there was a beach party with chemistry demonstrations, live music and, yes, more science. Although in true Swansea style, the party did have to be moved indoors due to rain!
The week provided some much-needed oil for those cogs in my head and left me feeling inspired and excited for the start of my postgraduate studies. Since Physician Associate Studies is a brand new course, I have no idea what to expect! Stay tuned to hear how it goes!
Until next time,
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