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Hello! I am Belle – a chemist, science communicator and performer.
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 have a spirited presentation style that is as likely to see me lunging across a stage as it is talking about the intricacies of the female anatomy. I’ve performed at events, comedy shows and festivals across the UK including at The Royal Society, Green Man Festival and Cambridge Science Festival. I have chaired, co-hosted and compered a wide variety of shows and events including: Chemistry in Action, The Variables’ Evening of Science Comedy, Never Explain and The No-Ball Prizes
I co-host, alongside the wonderful Charlotte Mykura, Our Disgusting Planet (Twitter: @planetdisgust), the show that busts taboos and normalises the disgusting through frank, funny and filthy comedy. We question the queasy and revel in the repugnant – diving into the deliciously foul questions that you’ve always wanted to ask!
I am currently Communications and Engagement Manager at the School of Maths, University of Edinburgh. If you’d like to get involved with any mathsy events or communications initiatives, I’d love to hear from you (contact me here)!
Photo: Ian Bowkett
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. I continued into a Physical Chemistry PhD at UCL where my research focus was Plasma Phase Electrochemistry, or rather, ‘what happens to stuff when you put it in a flame’.
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, Technology Will Save Us and The Royal Institution and have also taught A-Level Chemistry.
I helped design and implement an award-winning community based lab course and have organised and run summer schools, open days and masterclasses. I have contributed to national symposia on: women in science, research in teaching, political policy on air pollution, and the environmental impacts of a big science department.
If you’d like to work with me, please contact me here
Have a nose at my CV here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bellelctaylor/