About

What is EUSci?

We are…

  • a student-run society at the University of Edinburgh;
  • the University of Edinburgh’s Science Magazine;
  • a science website with news and podcasts;
  • a community of aspiring scientists, journalists, writers and artists.

How can I get involved?

Our activities are open to anyone – that includes science students, researchers, art students, humanities students, alumni, staff, and anybody else who wants to get involved. Membership of the society is free! We believe that anyone who wants to get into science communication should have the opportunity.

Here are five ways to get involved:

  1. Join the society – this will keep you in the loop regarding events and socials, which are a great way to get started.
  2. Write an article – use the guidance on our website, chat about your ideas with the editors, or, just give it a go!
  3. Become an editor – help our authors to make their articles the best they can be.
  4. Illustrate – bring some colour to our science stories and see your artwork published.
  5. Pop in for a chat.

Our Mission

Science is not just for scientists.

Science is behind the technology in your pocket, the medicines given to you by your doctor, and the decisions being made by your government. That is why good science communication is vital to a healthy, functioning society.

We believe that science should be accessible and interesting to everyone, and a big part of that is quality science journalism. We believe that science stories – whether in print, online or audio – can be both accurate, enlightening, and entertaining. All it takes is practice – and that is where we come in. Our mission is to provide a stepping stone into science journalism, for anybody who agrees that you shouldn’t need a PhD to understand what is going on in the world of science. We do this by working together as an interdisciplinary community to improve each other’s communication skills. The result of that process? We publish a magazine packed full of exciting science and beautiful illustrations that is read across the university.

Our Values

We value accuracy, accessibility, sustainability, and enthusiasm!

It is our responsibility to publish content that is well researched and factually accurate. We are responsible for our internal biases and strive for accessibility and inclusivity in our content and our practices. We commit to sustainable practices in our writing and our printing. Last but not least, we aim to present science in a fun way and to engage more people in otherwise inaccessible areas of science, particularly spotlighting work done at the University of Edinburgh.

The Committee

Ailie
Ailie
President

Ailie (she/her) is a fourth year undergraduate Biological Sciences student with a big interest in all things brains after spending a sandwich year in industry doing neuroscience research. She wants to pursue a career in research and believes that all scientists have a responsibility to share their work with the public in a fun and accessible way to inspire our next generation of geniuses and make science a less exclusive club. Outside of uni life Ailie can be found up a hill at home with her dog, jamming on piano and guitar, or searching for Edinburgh’s best hot chocolate – and always in dungarees.

Simran
Simran
Managing Director
Harry
Harry
Editor-in-Chief

Harry (he/him) is using satellite images to map changes in tropical forests for his PhD. Whilst remote sensing and climate change are now his main focus, he still takes a broad interest in physics (which he studied as an undergraduate) and maths. His free time used to be spent seeking a mixture of peace and adrenaline in the hills, but thanks to the pandemic, he is learning to appreciate his back garden and the parks of Edinburgh.

Jessie
Jessie
Head Sub Editor

Jessie (she/her) is a 4th year Integrated Masters student studying Physics. She has been editing for the magazine for two years, and is the current Head Sub-editor for the magazine. She has a strong interest in science communication and has her own podcast called Delving into Academics, in which she interviews Professors on their current research. As well as this, Jessie enjoys photography, reading, and is also the president of the Physics Society.

Mika
Mika
Head Copy Editor

Mika (he/him) is a second year Astrophysics student joining the EUSci team in September 2021. Drawn to science communication due to its interdisciplinary nature, his academic interests range from meteorology to political theory. Outside of university, Mika is an avid reader and photographer, and can usually be found roaming the streets with his camera or hunting down the best flat white in town.

Apple
Apple
Co-layout Editor

Apple (she/her) is a first year PhD student in Molecular Plant Sciences. She has recently started contributing to articles and magazines and wants to pursue a science communication career in the future. She’s interested in reading about neuroscience, psychology and biotechnology. Apart from EUSci, Apple is a volunteer of BioPod (the official podcast of the School of Biological Sciences) and can be found on one of Scotland’s hills/mountains on most weekends.

Isha
Isha
Co-layout Editor

Isha Prabhu (She/her) is a third year undergraduate chemistry student, who joined the EUSci layout and art editorial teams in May 2019, after writing and illustration for that year’s issue. She enjoys drawing for fun, socializing and cooking without recipes. She has also recently begun to learn how to swing dance, and hopes to read more scientific writing while working with the magazine.

Julia
Julia
Co-layout Editor

Julia (she/her) is a third year undergraduate reproductive biology student. She is interested in learning about fertility, contraception and IVF treatments. In the future she wants to pursue a career in science communication where she can convey the importance of reproductive health to a wider audience. In her free time, she bakes or does handicraft.

Kruthika
Kruthika
Art Editor

Kruthika (she/her) is a research scientist in immunology. She is a new addition to the EUSci team and she makes illustrations for the website. She enjoys creating art, traveling, singing and cooking vegetarian food. She is passionate about scientific communication and sustainable living.   

 

Clara
Clara
Art Editor

Clara (she/her/they) is a Masters student studying Science Communication and Public Engagement. She joined the magazine as an art editor in October 2019 and also contributes her writing and art. Clara has a background in Animal Behaviour and enjoys spending her free time drawing, fussing her cat and watching nature documentaries.

Heather
Heather
Marketing Team Leader

Heather (she/her) is a second year Biological Sciences student who has been writing and editing for EUSci since her first term. She is a passionate environmentalist, and a keen advocate of making science more accessible and elevating forgotten voices in the history of science. Outside of university, she enjoys reading, embroidery, and other grandma-esque activities.

 

Xi (Ian)
Xi (Ian)
Marketing Officer

Ian (he/him) is a third year Medicinal and Biological Chemistry student. He is new to EUSci and will be writing for the magazine in the near future. Ian is particularly interested in environmental science and pharmacology and is passionate about improving scientific communication to the general public. In his spare time, he hosts events and plays video games.

Ben
Ben
Content Creator and Social Media Analyst

Ben (he/him) is a recent biology graduate interested in all things involving plants and biotech, with his recent project looking at automated pollen identification. A staunch environmentalist, Ben firmly believes the future is through the power of plants! Having joined EUSci in October 2020, he cares about accessible science reaching as many people as possible. In his free time, he can be found cooking up 3-course meals for his friends or walking around Edinburgh in search of pastries.

Kaela
Kaela
Outreach Director

Kaela (she/her) is a second year Theoretical Physics student. Her passions involve finding ways to use Physics to combat environmental concerns such as excess waste and sustainable energy. With Outreach, Kaela hopes to help make STEM accessible to those who otherwise find it intimidating. When she’s not working, Kaela can be found surrounded by acrylic paints and canvas while binging crime dramas!

Ishbel
Ishbel
Blog Creative Director

Ishbel (she/her) is interested in all things science communication and hopes to pursue a career in this field after graduating from her Chemistry degree. She is particularly enthusiastic about the environmental applications of her course. Outside of her role as a Content Creator, Ishbel spends her time writing articles for the magazine as well as spinning and jumping around on the ice, practicing her figure skating routines.

Diana
Diana
Blog Editor

Diana (she/her) is new to the EUSci team and is a second year Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) student. She very passionately despises waste generation and wants to research the biochemical solutions to mitigating waste management. Apart from her academic interests, she loves jazz and plays the alto saxophone and piano. She unfortunately hates cooking, so her daily struggles include wanting to get better at cooking but can never be bothered to!

Shona
Shona
Blog Editor

Shona (she/her) is a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry working on engineering enzymes for biocatalysis. Having joined EuSci as a committee member, she realized her passion for science communication while running public engagement events at science festivals across Scotland. Outside of University, Shona enjoys reading, running and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

 

Emily
Emily
Website Editor

Emily (she/her) is a third year Biological Sciences (Biotechnology) student, with interests in web design and science communication resulting in her becoming the new website editor in September 2020. She is passionate about making science accessible to everyone, and encouraging people to become more engaged with new scientific discoveries. In her spare time, Emily can be found watching old films, reading, or in one of Edinburgh’s many cafes. 

Hannah
Hannah
Podcast Co-Host

Hannah (she/her) is a materials chemist turned marine scientist with a background in science communication and content creation. She is inspired by natural structures and processes, and hopes her research and enthusiasm will encourage others to value and protect ecosystems globally (especially those hidden beneath the waves!). You’ll find Hannah outside plugged into a podcast, scaling some Scottish hills, or redistributing supermarket ‘waste’ by cargo bike around Edinburgh.

Alix
Alix
Podcast Co-Host

Alix (she/her) is a second year PhD student working with fluorescent molecules and big lasers. She is a new addition to the EUSci team and hopes to bring her love of all things audio to the group. She has found a love for communicating science, the more accessible, the better. Alix teaches handstands in her free time, which helpfully leaves her ears free for podcasts!

Tom
Tom
Podcast Manager

Tom (he/him) is a recent biology graduate and aspiring wildlife conservationist. He has written for EUSci since 2018 and is excited to be hosting the new podcast (he really hopes you like it). Tom believes science communicators that can present complex ideas in a clear and engaging manner are so important. Speaking of which, have you read the latest issue…? In his spare time, Tom likes to climb walls or scuba dive the (cold, so cold) shores and lochs of Scotland.

Helena
Helena
Audio Project Director

Helena (she/her) is a research assistant in the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences. She has been writing for EUSci for a couple of years, on a mission to share her passion for science with more people. Helena is on many missions, which include being more sustainable, improving her swing dancing and finding out all of the fun facts.