About Belle

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Hello! I am nearing the end of a Chemistry PhD at UCL where I study Plasma Phase Electrochemistry, or rather, ‘what happens to stuff when you put it in a flame’.

In 2013, I graduated from UCL with a First Class Honours MSci in Chemistry. My Masters’ research focussed on  gas phase electrodeposition of functional coatings in flames.

When the occasion allows, I love nothing more than to have conversations about science and its boundary-breaking, gender-bending, ceiling-cracking potential. I have talked, smashed and bashed ideas about with people from all walks of life, cementing my love for public-facing, engaging, science.

I’ve led workshops at museums, science festivals, universities and learned societies; I’ve organised adult lecture series in the pub with Pint Of Science;  run a Royal Society of Chemistry outreach scheme at UCL; helped design and carry out experiments for the television show Horrible Science; produced a Youtube video series and acted as Science Editor (and writer) at London Student newspaper. I’ve made people smell, prod and code things at outreach events with Guerilla Science and Technology Will Save Us and am also a Chemistry tutor.

I recently helped design and implement an award-winning community based lab course and have organised and run summer schools, open days and weekend masterclasses. I have contributed to symposia on women in science, research in teaching, political policy on air pollution, and the environmental impacts of a big science department.

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This year will see me dipping my toes into the murky waters of science comedy, as part of Science Showoff Talent Factory: a group of 14 presenters, performers and culture creators hoping to make science accessible, engaging and entertaining to as many people and audiences as possible. I’ve performed at Science Showoff, Books Showoff, The Royal Society and have recently dived head-first into the world of improvised comedy. My first public comedy set involved reading smutty fiction to a crowd that deserved better. Hopes for more high-brow themes were recently dashed when I performed a set that detailed the specifics of my first smear test.

I live and work in London, where I hope to carve a career in science communication and engagement.

Contact me:

If you’d like to work with me, chat to me, or otherwise support me through my thesis write-up, please contact me on belle.lc.taylor@gmail.com.

You can follow me on Instagram @bellelctaylor and on Twitter @bellelctaylor  (neither of which I use as much as I should).