Scientists in Twitter conversation for Black History Month

Date 17 October 2014

To mark Black History Month 2014, IFR scientist Charlotte Armah is taking part in a live Twitter conversation on her life in science, and her experience of diversity within UK science.

Hosted by The Royal Society, the conversation follows on from a series of films produced by The Royal Society, on  Inspiring Scientists: Diversity in British science.

From noon on the 22nd October, Charlotte will answer questions from members of the public, based on her film as well as her research, career and experiences. Charlotte’s parents emigrated from Ghana to London, where Charlotte was born and grew up. Her parents were keen for her to make the most of her opportunities through education, and after leaving school Charlotte studied Medicinal Chemistry at University of Sussex. Charlotte talks about her career progression, through phamacology and nutrition, and being one few people from ethnic minority backgrounds during this.

Charlotte joined the Institute of Food Research in 2000. Most recently she has been studying whether people eating diets rich in natural compounds found in broccoli can reduce their risks of developing cardiovascular disease. She works with members of the public, who volunteer to join trials where we can make specific controlled interventions, such as including broccoli, and then measuring the effects these have.

You can watch Charlotte’s video here

Charlotte will be joined in the twitter conversation by Professor Saiful Islam from the University of Bath.

Join the conversation

The twitter conversation starts at noon on the 22nd October, and will be live from 12-1pm

On Twitter, check out @RoyalSociety for re-tweets from the scientists and questions from members of the public. The hashtag for the event is #MyLifeInScience.

To ask a question in advance of the activity, please send it to diversity@royalsociety.org or Tweet it live during the conversation on 22 October.

Contact

Andrew Chapple

andrew.chapple@ifr.ac.uk

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