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Getting distracted with plastic

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“Single-use” was the Collins word of the year for 2018, reflecting widespread public concern about the volume of plastic being thrown away, and invariably ending up in the oceans. The response has been impressive with people making real change in their day-to-day lives and consumer pressure starting to force changes in supermarkets. Co-op recently announced they would introduce compostable carrier bags that can be re-used for food waste. However, as with all sustainability issues, it’s never as simple as “x is bad, so let’s replace x with y”. Indeed, in this case, I (and a growing number of others) fear we are stuck in a dogmatic rejection of plastic, and as a result losing sight of the key issues. It’s notable that the only environmental announcement in the last UK budget related to single-use plastics.

Towards a Healthy PhD

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PhDs are notorious for a poor work-life balance, and the scale of the mental health and wellbeing issues of PhD students is extremely concerning. During the past year of my PhD I’ve experienced my fair share of doubts, stress and anxiety issues. While we must continue to fight against the many problems of the academic system, we must also be realistic and positive where possible. I fear that our negativity about the PhD process can be a somewhat self-fulfilling prophecy. This blog post makes a series of points and a plea to my fellow PhD students and academics based on what I have absorbed during a year of PhD study.

Introducing: Sustineo

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Next week 100 “Leaders of Tomorrow” will gather in Cambridge, UK for the 2018 GapSummit. This year, I was lucky enough to be selected as one of them.

SBUK2017

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A review of the recent Synthetic Biology UK 2017 Conference hosted in Manchester on the 27th and 28th of November. It was my first conference as a Ph.D. student and it was, by all accounts, an interesting and enjoyable affair.

A dogma of sustainability in Synthetic Biology?

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This is a somewhat self-indulgent blog post for someone about to start a PhD investigating the sustainability implications of Synthetic Biology applications, but for my first blog post, I thought I’d pick some low hanging fruit. I’m using these blog posts as a sounding board as I navigate the world of research. If you disagree with something, or if something I say irks you, or if you have something to add, please get in contact.

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Teaching experience 1

Undergraduate course, University 1, Department, 2014

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Teaching experience 2

Workshop, University 1, Department, 2015

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