Science is a story: are you sharing yours?

  • Thu 4 Feb 21

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Olivia Grant

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr Patrick Varga-Weisz

In this online seminar, PhD student Olivia Grant will discuss the use of social media in communicating science.

Facing the prospect of a competitive job market in academia coupled with the ever-growing number of scientific articles published each day, it can be tough making your mark in your field. The average number of citations a peer-reviewed article will obtain is a contentious issue, but we have all probably felt underwhelmed at times.

Some scientists are turning to social media to promote their work and increase their networking across the globe. Research from 2020 demonstrated that researchers using social media tools are more likely to receive citations in peer reviewed scientific journals. So, we know this technique works but do you know how to make it work for you?


Olivia Grant graduated in 2019 with a first-class honours in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Essex. During her final year, she completed her research project in Dr Radu Zabet’s lab performing bioinformatics analysis on transcription factor binding in the human genome.

From here, Olivia went on to begin a PhD as an interdisciplinary student in the school of Life Sciences and the Institute of Social and Economic research at Essex. Her research aims to examine the association between environmental factors and DNA methylation signatures, whilst considering a biosocial approach. She is particularly interested in epigenetics and methodological developments in DNA methylation analysis. Supervised by Professor Leo Schalkwyk, Dr Radu Zabet and Professor Meena Kumari.

How to attend

Please register on Zoom to attend this event. If you have any queries email Dr Patrick Varga-Weisz (patrick.varga-weisz@essex.ac.uk).

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