Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Caroline and I am a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. My research project focuses on Striga - a genus of parasitic plants that devastates harvests by infecting food crops. I am exploring the defence reactions that can make host plants more resistant against Striga. Due to my ongoing battles with anorexia, I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked but I am determined to finish the course.
This blog charts the ups and downs of life in the lab, plus my dreams to become a science communicator and forays into public engagement and science policy....all while trying to keep my mental and physical health intact. Along the way, I'll also be sharing new plant science stories, and profiles of some of the researchers who inspire me on this journey. So whether you have a fascination for plants, are curious about what science research involves, or just wonder what exactly I do all day, read on - I hope you find it entertaining!
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Sunday, 16 August 2015
Monday, 10 August 2015
In the afternoon session, Dr David Park from Newzpark Ltd gave us his perspective as someone who had 'been there and done it' when it came to starting his own business. "If I had my time again, I would tell myself to focus more and not try to take over the world!" He said. Indeed his first business, in the area of "Integrated Data Systems and Processing" had a rather haphazard start, involving writing a hurried business plan on a train to an interview and asking his wife at the last minute "How would you like to live in New Zealand?" Subsequently, he set up the Geospatial Research Station, a consultancy company based in Christchurch. Life could certainly be hectic at times, dodging volcanoes and emperor penguins besides overcoming the usual financial hurdles of establishing a business. "It will be stressful at times and you will be sick to the stomach" he said "but starting a business should be fun and you have to take a moment to enjoy the good times". Although the GRS didn't survive the recession, David was adamant "I'd absolutely do it again". He encouraged all of us to have the courage to follow our entrepreneurial dreams : "Don't be afraid to give it a go - you won't be left with a pile of broken experiences" he said.