#SciComm: Featuring Lauren from @lozcallender_

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on November 6, 2019

We recognize science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!


A great example is Lauren Callender, @lozcallender_!

Let's find out more about Lauren through this short interview...

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Tell us a little about yourself and your work; what was your journey like going into research, creating @science.scribbles and eventually having a follower base on social media?

Hi, I'm Lauren and I'm a scientist from the UK. I recently finished my Immunology based PhD and have just started my new role as a PostDoc at AstraZeneca investigating immune related adverse events that occur due to immune-oncology therapies. 👩‍🔬

I absolutely love research but its been a bit of an accidental career choice for me.

I didn't always dream of being a scientist, in fact I'm not sure I even knew that it was a thing you could do. But I had a great biology teacher at school who helped me apply to do a BSc Biology degree and after getting a small taste for research during my BSc, I've since found myself constantly looking for the next research opportunity..

My science communication journey began around 2 years ago. I did a lot of teaching during my PhD and I loved sharing information about my research so I eventually had the idea to start a YouTube channel (Science Scribbles). 📽️

I've absolutely loved my SciComm journey so far and I can't wait to continue and see where it takes me in the future.

What plans do you currently have and what are you most excited about?

I have a lot of upcoming plans at the minute. Firstly, I just started my PostDoc job, which I'm really trying to get stuck into. I want to be as proactive as possible in my new role so I'm giving it everything I've got.

Outside of my job I've also been busy designing lots of new product lines for @sciencescribbles.

I've been wanting to create a more diverse range of products for a while now and seeing them all come to life is so exciting.

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Why is communicating science through social media and other ways important to you? Do you think more people should do it?

I think science communication is absolutely key! Science can be quite overwhelming and I think most people have little confidence in science and the work scientists do. By being open and honest and engaging with people I think this will slowly change. I think social media is a great way to do this because

it allows you to get creative and create content that makes science more accessible...

...and demonstrates that science can also be interesting and fun!

Have you had any challenges as a woman in STEM, and how did you overcome them?

Personally I haven't encountered any major issues yet,

just the odd comment about how I don't look like a scientist.

Whenever this happens I tend to just ignore it. I'm proud to be a scientist and I know that although I don't fit a lot of peoples expectation of what a scientist should look like I'm confident in my abilities. 💪

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The world would be a better place with more...

...kind people!

Have you ever visited Canada?

No I haven't, but I would absolutely LOVE to! I've heard such good things by everyone that either lives there or has visited. 🍁

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I'm definitely more of a night owl. If I have no plan and am left to my own devices I would happily sleep until midday. Since I just started my PostDoc I am trying to get into a good morning routine and have been waking up a 6am. So far I'm 3 days in... lets see how long I can keep it up! ☕…?!

Cats or dogs?


Thank you Lauren for sharing your journey and experiences with us!

Visit Lauren's Instagram @lozcallender_ and check out her science stickers @sciencescribbles and etsy shop.

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