EducationSt Joseph's College, Swindon - Cirencester College - Queen Mary, University of London
QualificationsGCSEs - History, English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Dance, Music, ICT A Levels - Biology, Chemistry, English Literature and Classical Civilisations BSc in Biochemistry
Work HistoryPhotographer - Bow tie maker - Media Intern - Explainer at the Science Museum - Social Media Officer
Current JobI am the Communications and Social Media Officer for STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council)
STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, with the goal to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.
Favourite thing to do in my job: Helping people understand the newest and coolest science discoveries happening at STFC!
About Me: I’m Sammie – I’m from Swindon and I love talking about science, playing rugby and eating cake! 🍰🚀🏉
My Work: I am a science communicator - that means its my job to talk about science! I get to learn about the latest and greatest science – like landslides on Mars and deadly diseases - and then I talk about it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 🌖🚀⚗️ My favourite part of the job is getting people excited about science – especially people who don’t think science is for them. Because science is for everyone!
I am the Communication and Social Media Officer for the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
But what does that even mean?! 🤔
Well – It’s my job to talk about science. I get to learn about the latest and greatest science – like landslides on Mars and deadly diseases – and then I talk about it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram📱It’s a really fun job because every day, I get to learn new things about how the world works. I take lots of photos and videos to help explain what’s happening!
A big part of my job involves turning the really complex research our scientists do into interesting, understandable snippets so everyone can enjoy our science! It can be a challenge but my favourite part of the job is getting other people excited about science – especially people who don’t think science is for them. Because science is for everyone (including YOU!)
My Typical Day: I wake up at 6am (!!!) and have a very big cup of coffee, jump in my car and drive to work. I like to get started nice and early so, by the time everyone else wakes up, I already have loads of great science facts to tell them! I spend the day taking photos and videos, writing, designing on my computer and going to events and talks. It’s my job to be a little bit noseyand to ask our scientists and engineers lots of questions like: What’s that? Which planet is that going to? Why is that laser pointing at me? (only joking).🔎 I then put my content out on social media!
Every day is quite different! Mostly, I work at our Rutherford Appleton Lab in Oxfordshire where we have our #bigscience facilities – home to lasers, synchrotrons and supercomputers plus over 1,000 scientists and engineers! Sometimes my job takes me to our other laboratories in Edinburgh, Cheshire and to other amazing science locations like CERN in Geneva.
Once I’ve had my coffee ☕, this is what I get up to:
- Check to see if there was any important/breaking news overnight🔍
- Go online and see what we have scheduled to go out our on social media that day
- Take photos and videos and make animated graphics, GIFs and even the occasional meme!
- Check to see what day it is – is it #worldchocolateday🍫? is it #nationalcatday🐱? Then I see if we have any science or technology about chocolate or cats and write about it.
- More coffee ☕
- Talk to our sites and collaborations across the world to see what’s happening there🌎
- Talk to our science writers and media whizzes about their latest scoops 📰
- Attend any events that are happening that need to be covered
What I'd do with the prize money: I would use the money to start a science podcast! I'd like to feature 8-18 year-olds talking about exciting discoveries, strange science and the some of the world's biggest science conundrums. Think Horrible Histories meets the Qi Elves' No Such Thing as a Fish! 🎙️🎉
The best and most insightful science questions I have ever been asked have come from children. And I think it’s time we start giving our future scientists a platform to bring their ideas to the table. I also love to show how hilarious, wild and downright ridiculous science can be!
I would use the money to start a science podcast! I’d like to feature 8-18 year olds talking about exciting discoveries, strange science and the some of the world’s biggest science conundrums. Think Horrible Histories meets the Qi Elves’ No Such Thing as a Fish!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Positive, Enthusiastic, Curious
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
The people who refused to teach science from books but instead helped me understand just how marvelous science is by setting things on fire, eating things and running around!
What was your favourite subject at school?
History was really fun - i liked all of the gory details!
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes - for wearing nail varnish and for my really loud laugh!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Kids documentary presenter
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Fat Freddy's Drop
What's your favourite food?
Carrot cake (or any cake)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I did an 134m bungy jump in New Zealand!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. Be happy, always! 2. Do some good in the world 3. Find the recipe for that extraordinarily delicious cake you had at that birthday party you went to when you were 9
Tell us a joke.
Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food, no atmosphere.