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Cambridge, UK - Self-questioning

  • J3 at Cambridge Junction Clifton Way, Cambridge England, CB1 7GX United Kingdom (map)

Join us at the Cambridge Junction on June 13 for five true personal stories about science and self-questioning.

Hosted by Fiona Calvert and Steve Scott.

Stories by:


Eddie Cano-Gamez is a PhD student at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, where he studies how people’s genetics shape their immune system. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he completed a BSc degree in Biotechnology at Tecnologico de Monterrey. In addition to research, Eddie is also involved in science outreach. He has delivered courses on analysis of Big Data for young students, authored a blog on the science of everyday life for Spanish speakers, and actively collaborates with the Cambridge University Mexican Society. Eddie is also interested in literature, music and the dialogue between the arts and the sciences.


Eva Higginbotham is a PhD student at the Department of Zoology in Cambridge, where she attempts to use her own brain to figure out how fruit fly brains are made - specifically, how do the cells of the brain know what kind of cell they are supposed to be? She’s in love with discovering new ways to talk about and engage with science, and as a result can often be found organising, helping with, or hosting sci comm and public engagement events around Cambridge. 


Ana Maria Lines is a journalist and Storyteller with an international reputation, vast repertoire and captivating style. She works in schools, festivals, clubs, libraries , theatres and galleries. Her performances and workshops have  engaged and captivated adults and children  and her repertoire is wide: from folk tales and myths from Brazil, to stories from around the world and real life stories. She has researched ,translated  and retold tales from South America and has also created projects and given lectures promoting storytelling and its application.  


Tapoka Mkandawire is originally from Malawi, a small country in South-Eastern Africa, and grew up in the North of England, in Liverpool and Manchester. She studies the human gut and is interested in the communication between gut bacteria and a parasite called the whipworm, and hopes by understanding what messages are shared between bacteria and worms she will help researchers beat this disease. When she’s not experimenting in the lab, she’s normally experimenting with food; cosied up with a good book: or out and about photographing live music or nature.


Jess Bartlet is a musician, producer, writer, and public engagement professional that believes STEM knowledge and thinking should be both accessible and practiced by all to build a better, more knowledgeable society. She loves creativity and out of the box thinking, work with intrinsic purpose, and pioneering research pushing new boundaries. Right now Jess is obsessed with "The Call to Courage" TED talk, "The Science of Storytelling" book, and Jai Paul's new music

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