At InterSci, we believe scientific innovation comes from interdisciplinary work and open conversations. We encourage collaboration between scientists of different disciplines, and provide a platform for scientists to share their work with the public and to learn from others.
InterSci was founded in 2017 by a group of postgraduate students at the University of Edinburgh with an interest in scientific innovation and science communication.
Natalia Penar – President
I’m a 3rd year student of BSc Medical Sciences. I’m responsible for finding speakers for the IgNobel events, mainly aiming to help undergraduates get involved in science communication.
Abinaya Rajendran – Vice President
I’m a second year Biological Sciences student. I’m mostly involved with the marketing side of InterSci – I help run the social media accounts and make posters.
Fiz Winters – Secretary
I’m a second year Medical Sciences Undergraduate. My favourite thing about InterSci is the gap it bridges between undergrads and postgrads. I hope to make events that spotlight research that can inspire students such as myself to explore their passions further.
Angela Sun – Treasurer
I’m a second year Biological Sciences undergrad.
I’m a PhD student studying at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences. As part of InterSci, I want to help expand the brilliant science conversations our society is known for to new audiences by producing a greater variety of events.
I am a PhD student at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (University of Edinburgh). As InterSci Secretary and as a scientist, I aim to make science and science research more accessible to the general public and in this way encourage people to think actively about sciece and its relevance.
As a PhD student in Medical Sciences, I see daily, that most of the people working in Science know how to explain and communicate their own work to the scientific community, with their fancy words and concepts. However, to reach out to non-scientific audience in a simple and understandable way, is still a struggle and a challenge to the majority of scientists.
I joined InterSci to explore a way to close the gap between the two communities, with original and fun events. In addition, I have had the opportunity to improve my own skills in a different context, not only as InterSci’s treasurer, but also in communicating science to the public, organising events and exploring different areas of the field that are completely new and unknown to me as well.
I am a PhD student in the University of Edinburgh studying the function of genomic switches- called enhancers. My focus is enhancers affecting genetically heritable parameters of the human cornea structure. I am the manager for ChatSci, encouraging Edinburgh early stage researchers to share their amazing science stories and network with other researchers and the general public.
I am a computer scientist specialised in signal processing; my research is focused on improving the intelligibility of speech for users of hearing prosthetics. I am part of a research network that brings together scientists from different fields: this amazing experience is teaching me how we stand a better chance of answering difficult questions when individuals with varied expertise join efforts. This is why I am very keen on building bridges between different fields of knowledge, and I think the InterSci events are a wonderful chance to do that. Besides that, I think it is essential for the general public to be aware of what’s going on in academic research: with InterSci anyone can learn about hot topics directly from the experts, in a simple and friendly way.
I’m a research assistant at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences working on the FutureMS project. I’m involved in organising public events and reaching out to expert speakers, as well as organising science communication workshops.
I’m a Master’s student in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry. I’m responsible for organising our public events which provide a great communication platform for all science enthusiasts.
Science Chats @Grassmarket team: Amelia Hallas-Potts, Sophie Quick, Jess Taylor, Kiani Jeacock & Marina Ruiz. Find out more here.
Amelia Hallas-Potts, Co-Founder and President (2017-2019)
Diana Sá da Bandeira, Co-Founder and Secretary (2017-2019)
Alina Gukova, Co-Founder
Bonnie Nicholson, Co-Founder
Previous team members
Ana Rondelli, Events Manager
Lorna Cudmore, Designer
Tom Carr, Events Team Member
Therese Gelbenegger, Treasurer
Ellie Cawthera, Editor
Jess Taylor, Website and Social Media Manager
Jilly Hope, Events Team Member
Leire Ledahawsky, Events Team Member and ChatSci manager