Photo: Steve Cross
Hello! I am Belle – a chemist, science communicator and performer.
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 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’.
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 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.
Photo: Ian Bowkett
This year sees 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.
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 read smutty fiction to a crowd that deserved better and delivered sets on high brow themes such as the specifics of my first smear test, why Frankenstein is is really about a disillusioned PhD student and how science has turned me into a Slytherin / a bastard.
I live and work in London, where I hope to carve a career in science communication and engagement.
If you’d like to work with me, chat to me, or otherwise support me through my thesis write-up, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a nose at my CV here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bellelctaylor/