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 and our mailing list – 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

Ellie
Ellie
President

Ellie (she/her) is working towards a PhD researching the chemistry of functional materials. She joined EUSci in 2021 and is interested in using science communication to promote more diversity and inclusion in research. When not in the lab she can usually be found walking up one of Edinburgh’s many hills, baking or discovering a new crafting hobby.

Elena
Elena
Co-Editor in Chief

Elena is a 4th year Molecular Genetics student starting her role as co-Editor in Chief for EUSci this year. When she is not with her head in a book or magazine she is either found discovering Edinburgh’s coffee shops, walking or running up Blackford Hill (depending on the mood) or cooking. She joined EuSci in 2022 as a co-copy editor and is now looking forward to getting more involved as co-Editor in Chief to communicate Science to everyone in an accessible, interesting and engaging way

Sara
Sara
Co-Editor in Chief

Sara is a biologist and cancer researcher with a particular interest in the tumour microenvironment and she is currently finishing a PhD in bile duct cancer. Sara joined EUSci in 2023 to engage with Science in a stress-free way and promote accessible science communication. She has a love for language learning, books and can frequently be found in North Berwick – her favourite Scottish town.

Tamsin
Tamsin
Secretary

Tamsin (she/her) is currently working towards a PhD in biochemistry and neuroscience, looking at drug discovery and repurposing. She is interested in getting people from all walks of life curious about science. When not in the lab you can find her running and exploring Edinburgh

Skyler
Skyler
Co-Treasurer

Skyler is a fourth year biology student and is currently one of the EUSci co-treasurers. She is passionate about life science and is eager to explore and communicate fascinating biology knowledge to everyone. Skyler’s classwork covers molecular genetics, microbiology, and  immunology and many other aspects of biology. As an EUSci co-treasurer, she sorts out finances and works to connect with more EUSci sponsors. When she isn’t studying she enjoys reading books and playing some video games.

Sonia
Sonia
Co-Treasurer
Luna
Luna
Head Sub Editor

Luna is a MSc student studying Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition, an interdisciplinary programme in philosophy and cognitive science. She is interested in how the rapidly developing relationship between humans and technology can be better understood through the cognitive sciences. By joining EUsci, Luna hopes to make science more accessible and meaningful to non-experts, as she believes that science should be a collaborative effort between people of all backgrounds.

Rashi
Rashi
Sub Editor

Rashi (she/her) is a first year PhD student in cancer genomics. She is working towards identifying drug response biomarkers for leiomyosarcoma. By being a part of EUSci, she wishes to contribute to the growing community of science communicators with hopes of making science interesting and accessible for all. When not doing science, she can be found watching films, cooking, travelling or trying out different fitness/dance classes.

Mika
Mika
Head Copy Editor

Mika (he/him) is a third 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.

Karen
Karen
Copy editor
Juda
Juda
Art Editor

Juda (they/them) is joining the EuSci team in 2023 as the Art Editor – to combine the best of both worlds – art and science! In the world of academia, Juda has studied and trained in neuroscience as well as stem cell engineering and biomaterials. Outside of academia, they have always loved being creative: collaging and scrapbooking, drawing, and painting, also supporting their friends in their art projects and performances. In their free time, they enjoy staring off into the distance, pet-sitting, cycling and rollerblading.

Angel
Angel
Layout Editor

Angel (she/her) is a third-year chemistry student with an interest in astrochemistry. Beyond the sciences she enjoys art, writing and reading, especially sci-fi. Her favourite place in Edinburgh is the botanic gardens but she also loves to visit any of the local bookstores or galleries in her free time.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Layout Editor

Elizabeth (She/her) is a PhD student at the Institute of Genetics and Cancer, who studies what happens in cells at the very early stages of liver cancer. Elizabeth joined EUSci in 2023 as part of the magazine team to engage in and promote science with a creative angle.

When she is not staying up too late pouring over data, Elizabeth can be found up Calton Hill, drawing, or in the pub!

Maureen
Maureen
Website Manager

Maureen (she/her) is in year 3 of the part-time MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement and is starting her role as website manager for EuSci this year. She is a groundwater scientist and is combining her studies with working full-time for Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Water. Whatever time is leftover is dedicated to travel and to improving her amateur landscape photography skills.

 

Kuba
Kuba
Online Editor

Kuba (he/him) is a fourth-year medical student. Interested in all things brain and behaviour, he would like to specialise in psychiatry in the future. Apart from science, he is a keen writer with a passion for literature and arts.

Anna
Anna
Online Editor

Anna (she/her) is finishing her BSc in Biological Science (Ecology). She is especially interested in the ecology of soil and plant science for sustainable agriculture, perhaps because of her deep-rooted passion for gardening and food. At the moment, she communicates science to schoolchildren via tutoring and leading gardening workshops for students at the university, as she believes in the power of personal connection in learning. In her free time, she enjoys documenting the world with her camera.

Colleen
Colleen
Marketing officer

Colleen (she/her) is a first year Chemistry student, who loves learning about new and interesting topics in science. In her spare time, Colleen enjoys drawing and crochet and is always on the search for bubble tea

Amy
Amy
Marketing officer
Anthea
Anthea
Social Secretary

Anthea is a biomedical science student who loves exploring the world of languages and cuisines. Always eager to expand her knowledge, she has a passion to expand her knowledge in science and trying out delicious new foods in town.

Aikaterini
Aikaterini
Outreach Director
Tracy
Tracy
Podcast Manager
Kelsey
Kelsey
Podcast Co-host

Kelsey (she/her) is PhD student in Genetics and Molecular Medicine who is researching the genetic causes of sex-biased diseases using ensemble machine learning. Aside from her PhD, she enjoys playing football, yoga and starting and never finishing knitting projects.

Katie
Katie
Podcast Co-host

Katie (she/her) is a PhD student in Genetics and Molecular Medicine researching how embryonic stem cells start their developmental journey towards becoming a whole organism. With EUSci she has enjoyed creating collaborations with sponsors keen to support student-led SciComm, as well as writing the odd piece for the website and magazine. Outside of the lab she likes exploring the Scottish hills and beaches or doing something more low-energy like crochet.