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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 Science Showoff, Books Showoff, The Royal Society, WOMAD Festival and have recently dived head-first into the world of improvised comedy. I have chaired, co-hosted, competed in and appeared on shows including: Never Explain, Flamingo Bingo, The No-Ball Prizes, Professor Malice’s Science Apocalypse and The Science Newseum.
I am the co-host of the new live-show and soon-to-be-in-your-ears podcast Our Disgusting Planet (Twitter: @planetdisgust). Our sold-out launch night hopefully set the scene for things to come: frank, funny and sciencey conversations aiming to bust taboos and normalise the disgusting.
I currently work for Cambridge Cancer Genomics: a cancer biotech startup that uses machine learning to track cancer response to therapy, in order to better cancer treatment and improve patient outcomes. Contact me (here) if you’d like to chat about any cool cancer / genomics / machine learning / AI initiatives.
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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 on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a nose at my CV here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bellelctaylor/