Yesterday I attended my first ever hackathon, held at the Natural History Museum in London.
I’m a closet palaeontologist and have always wanted to visit the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, an event which happens each early May Bank Holiday and features exhibits from scientists as well as talks, walks and a Fossil Fair were minerals, fossils and jewellery can be purchased.
I attended with the Natural History Museum to talk about my research on soil biodiversity, bringing along live specimens of earthworms, woodlice and other soil and leaf litter animals and a microscope for people to look closely at them. I was joined by Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group volunteer Silvia and we took turns in enthusing the public about earthworms and other invertebrates.
Another conference, another poster! This time I was presenting at the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS, or affectionately ‘B cubed’) held at the University of York on the 7th and 8th April. BSSS holds a conference biannually for aimed at students and early post-docs studying soil sciences. In addition to poster sessions and talks there were sessions on tailoring your CV to a career outside of academia, applying for fellowships and publishing. It was also a really good opportunity to meet other students and network. Check out my Storify collating tweets from the conference below.View the story “British Society of Soil Science Early Careers Researcher Conference 2015” on Storify