Thank you from your winner – Liz!

Students, we want to hear from you too! Click here to go to your profile survey and tell us what you think for a chance to win a £20 voucher! We asked Liz to tell us about winning I’m a Scientist, and here is what she said… Thank you so much to all the students who voted for me! I never thought I could win, but I’m so pleased and proud of myself. More importantly, thank you to every student that asked a question in the Epidemic Zone. I’ve had such a fun and interesting time answering all of them. I hope you enjoyed the event too. In one of the live chats this week I was asked by some students why I’ve taken part in I’m a Scientist. What is in it for me? And the honest truth is, I’ve really enjoyed it. It has made a nice change from my usual work! Some of the questions you … Continue reading

Posted on June 28, 2017 by in News | Leave a comment

And the winner is…

The students have spoken. The votes have been double counted… Big congratulations to the Epidemic Zone winner: Liz Buckingham-Jeffery Hard luck to Christl Donnelly and Rebecca Corkill but a huge thank you to everyone who took part. You were all brilliant. Students, don’t forget to tell us what you think about science now you’ve taken part. Log in to your profile, and fill in the new questions at the top, to be in with a chance of winning a voucher.

Posted on June 23, 2017 by ModShane in News | 1 Comment

The next scientist out is…

We’ve counted, checked and rechecked the votes and now reveal that… It’s a draw! No one is evicted today! This leaves “Sociable, adventurous, enthusiastic” Liz Buckingham-Jeffrey, “Analytical, focussed, driven” Christl Donnelly and “tea-loving, bubbly, nerd” Rebecca Corkill to fight it out for the £500 prize tomorrow. Who would you like to see win tomorrow’s final battle? VOTE

Posted on June 22, 2017 by in News | 2s Comments

The second scientist evicted is…

We’ve counted the votes and you’ve now evicted… Kevin Pollock The two scientists left standing after tomorrow’s eviction will battle it out in Friday’s final. Who do YOU want to see in the final? VOTE for your favourite! Students, has taking part changed your view of science and scientists? When you next log in and visit your profile, you’ll see a pink box with new questions on the right. Fill in the questionnaire to be in with a chance to win a voucher.

Posted on June 21, 2017 by ModShane in News | 2s Comments

The first scientist evicted is…

The first scientist you’ve evicted is… Rosie Fok One scientist will be evicted every day this week, and you get a new vote each day. Make sure to VOTE to keep your favourite in the competition. A student in each zone will win a voucher for asking great questions! And remember, you can comment on questions the scientists answer. Do you think the scientist is right? Do you disagree with them? Tell them!  

Posted on June 20, 2017 by ModShane in News | 6s Comments

Who’s Taking Part: June 2017

The Epidemic Zone is funded by Wellcome. The Scientists Liz Buckingham-Jeffery | PhD Student, University of Warwick I use maths to try and figure out how many people are going to catch norovirus (a very common illness that causes horrible diarrhoea and vomiting!) this year Kevin Pollock | Health Protection Scotland I work in the field of infectious diseases where I attempt to understand why deadly bugs infect us and what we can do to prevent being infected in the first place! Christl Donnelly | Professor, Imperial College London I study infectious diseases – how they spread and how to stop them Rebecca Corkill | PhD Student, John Innes Centre Think Jurassic Park science- but less deaths, danger and dinosaurs; instead we change insects so they benefit humans. Rosie Fok | Derriford Hospital, Plymouth  I am a Consultant Microbiologist (a doctor who advises other doctors and healthcare workers on how to manage infections and prescribe the right antibiotics)   The … Continue reading

Posted on June 1, 2017 by in News | Leave a comment

New design for I’m a Scientist

We’re about to launch our new site design. We’re going to make it live for the June event, and you will get to see it in situ. So next time you log in things might look a bit different. For the past few months we have been working in the background to develop a new look for our site to make it a bit more modern, a lot better on mobile devices and and much easier for us to update. We’re still testing before going live on a site with an event so if you spot anything that looks rubbish or even worse doesn’t work, please email and let us know there’s a problem. Send an email to with a URL, screenshot and what you think isn’t right. It would be much appreciated.

Posted on May 15, 2017 by in News | Leave a comment