It’s been a big week as Real Scientists with Marga Gual Soler – our first bilingual tweets, our first tweeter at the United Nations, and OUR FIRST VISIT TO CERN TO THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER.
[pauses to take a breath]
Starting conversations is a big part of what we’re about at Real Scientists. Our curator this week, Marga Gual Soler, recently completed an internship at the United Nation and spent the week at the United Nations ECOSOC High Level segment in Geneva. The conference seeks to take a long term view of science, technology and innovation policy for the future – and start a conversation about how to go forward. There were forums on women in science – something that Marga tweeted about “always with the audience mostly women,” and in so doing created a small network to talk about the issue. There were tours of sunny Geneva “like science, it’s having fun at the taxpayer’s expense” and some goal setting by the powers that be. At CERN, Marga found that only 10% of the physicists were women. It sounded totally fascinating and it’s a mix of policy and high level strategic planning that scientists are yet to embrace or even be involved in en masse, and we hope that with Marga’s experience, we’ve also started a conversation about that.
We were delighted to have Marga tweeting for us with such a unique perspective, but the best was yet to come. Thanks to some of our followers, specifically Katherine Mack (@AstroKatie), Marga got to visit CERN and hang out with some of the awesome physicists there. She shared the experience with us via Twitter – but as if that wasn’t awesome enough, we even have some video!
Here’s Ed Moyse introducing us to magnets:
Here’s physicist Michael Kagan introducing himself and talking about the importance of science communication at CERN:
Overview of the LHC – “The Onion”:
Michael took us down to the Large Hadron Collider itself:
And Seth Zenz, curator of @Quantum_Diaries, talked about the work carried out by the CMS experiment
At the end of her exciting journey, Marga flew back to her home island of Mallorca for some well-deserved rest. So, thank you, Marga, for taking us to Geneva and to CERN and sharing these amazing experiences with us! We look forward to seeing where you end up next, and good luck with scoring that dream job at the UN!