Diversity is Strength – Thanks and Farewell, Joanne Kamens


Also she took a few moments to absolutely not brag about her loverly looking flowers

This week we thank Joanne Kamens for her excellent week at Real Scientists.  As mentioned in our introductory post, Joanne is a strong advocate for science mentoring and the not-for profit company Addgene for which she is an Executive Director. Even if you didn’t read the post you can’t have missed either of those passions while following her time on @RealScientists.

Over this week Joanne has given a free master class on managing scientists, through countless tips for aspiring researchers, established researchers and even some distressed researchers in need of advice. She even found the time to tweet the contents of her module on ‘Managing Scientists’ which we summarised as a Storify.

In addition to this wider advice, she also discussed one of her personal passions – encouraging women in science – by answering numerous questions from @RealScientsts’ followers about their problems and experiences, providing advice on getting jobs, and why the big wide world outside of academia isn’t too scary.

And she spent sometime introducing us all to the Addgene plasmid sharing service that is available to scientists around the world. This included showing us to some of the Addgene team in costumes, chef’s hats and face masks.

If I had to summarise this week on @RealScience in a snappy one liner (which technically I think I’m meant to do) if would be that Joanne said she wanted to share her love of mentoring and she spent the week on @RealScience showing people what a good mentor is.

You can catch up on all Joanne had to share with us through 3 collected Storifys; Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. You can continue to follow Joanne both on the Addgene blog and on her own twitter account @JKamens


About Matthew (@MCeeP)

I have worked in science now for about 8 years since graduating from Lancaster University. The first 4.5 years of my career were spent at a little company called Mediwatch Biomedical helping to develop a prostate cancer test. It was while working at Mediwatch that I published my first paper and my first patent! Following mediwatch I spent an very enjoyable half a year working as a consultant for a small research company (Leksing) and a very talented artist called Jane Edden who was working on a project with Kew Gardens and their Economic Botany collection. The remaining 3 years have been spent working on my PhD at Cranfield University (which I have now finished) where I developed a range of novel fibre optic based sensors under the supervision of the Department of Engineering Photonics."

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