Nena’s science in one picture

For April’s #scicommchall, Nena writes:

“I want to show people our great world of #biodiversity. There are so many #animals and #plants around us, one or the other just needs to be made aware of it.
Every day I try to #inspire people of different ages to see how colorful and beautiful the #environment is. And that is one of the best jobs, to be passionate biologist and to pass in this #enthusiasm.”

Alice shows us where to stand to see a rainbow

For April’s #SciCommChall, Alice (@scied_alice) shows us science in one picture! On her Instagram she writes:

“It‘s time for the April Science Communication Challenge! How do we need to stand to see a rainbow?
First, we need rain. You probably knew about that. Without rain there is no rainbow.

Secondly, we also need some sun. Because a rainbow just appears when the sun rays hit the raindrops and get diffracted. The diffraction depends on the wavelength of the light and since sunlight consists of all colors, it gets split into this beautiful spectrum.

So where do we have to stand to see a rainbow? We have to be right in the middle of sun and rain with the sun at our back. The sunlight travels to the rain (but not right into our eyes), hits the little drops of water and gets diffracted and reflected. The reflected light then hits our eyes and we see the light as a rainbow.

It‘s a beautiful message isn‘t it? Sometimes we have to turn our back to the sun to see the beautiful rainbow. Very poetic.”

April’s #SciCommChall: Science GIFs!

This month‘s Science Communication challenge is specifically designed for Instagram! Our friend Stina @stina.biologista had the idea to explain some science in GIFs or images only. You can use the template (don‘t forget to tag her and us — @scicommchall) and explain some Science in GIFs or images. It can be something from your field of work or something you see everyday. We recommend posting it in your Instagram Story and downloading it to also post it in your feed.

Here are the templates for your story (find the ones for the feed below):

And the templates for your feed:


March’s SciCommChall is brought to us by Alice! She writes:

You know what I love about being a Science Communicator and presenting my work? It’s a time and place I know where I can be my own enthusiastic self and show all my love for my research. I love to talk about the reasons for what I do. People pick up my enthusiasm and they connect to my reasons and all of a sudden they understand why I do what I do. As Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. once said, “It‘s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.”

Thinking about what makes you so enthusiastic about your work is the first step towards personal branding.

Lots of people have prejudices against the concept of personal branding. We associate stars or companies with the concept and think that we, as scientists, employees or communicators, don’t need to think about our personal brand.

But really a personal brand is more a statement of who you are and what you bring to the table. Knowing your personal branding statement will help you stay committed and motivated. It’s something unique for yourself and therefore needs to be developed, maintained, and protected.

So the march SciCommChallenge is all about discovering your own personal brand. Try this exercise to find your personal branding statement:

  1. Write down three words you’d use to describe yourself. Take your time and be honest.
  2. Find someone you trust (your partner or a friend) and ask them to describe you in three words. Compare the lists and see what they have in common.
  3. List your core competencies. What are your unique skills and talents that are valuable to others? What accomplishments and experiences define you? Include awards, degrees, and promotions.
  4. List your goals. What do you want to accomplish this year, this decade?
  5. Write out your (core) values.
  6. Create your own personal branding statement. This is a two-sentence description of who you are and what you can contribute. Don’t rush it, composing this statement is not an easy thing to do. Once you’re satisfied, stick it somewhere you’ll see it every day. It’s good affirmation.

Kayla “A Wild Naturalist”‘s Bag of Science

Kayla, aka “a wild naturalist” (see her super cool Insta @the.wild.naturalist!) shares her Bag of Science:

“My way late entry for @scicommchall ‘s January #scicommchall “What’s in your #bagofscience ?” ⁣

In my interpretive hiking pack, I *try* to always carry: ⁣

– Water ⁣
– Interpretive materials ⁣
– Handbook of the Canadian Rockies ( ) ⁣
– Personal notebook ⁣
– Ski strap(s) ⛓⁣
– Snacks!! ⁣
– Compressed puffy ⁣
– Crystal screen and magnifying loupe ⁣
– Avaluator card ❄️ ⁣
– Sunscreen and SPF lip balm ⁣
– Rite in the Rain & pencil ⁣
– Headlamp ⁣
– Sunnies ⁣
– Hand and toe warmers ⁣
– Portable battery charger ⁣
– Multitool ⁣
– Suunto watch ⏰⁣
– First aid kit ⁣
– Mitts & liners ⁣
– A warm toque ⁣

My pack changes and evolves depending on the theme of the hike and the season. For example, in the summer I don’t need the Avaluator, but I’ll also throw a couple of mountain goat legs in there. ⁣

PS – It took me like, 45 minutes to arrange this to be aesthetic. #noragrets

Science and glitter, and her Bag of Science

Hannah, aka “Science and Glitter”, shows us her Bag of Science! What does a clinical scientist need every day? Check it out below or on her Instagram @Science_and_Glitter!

Hannah writes:


I traded in my lab bench for an open work space and my pipettes for a work phone. The contents of my bag has changed a lot recently. As a clinical scientist, I sit on the 6th floor of building 40 and we have an open work space. That means each morning we pick a different open desk in the workspace. So, I have to bring all my essentials with me wherever I sit. I’ve got headphones and chargers for on the go phone calls, lotion, chapstick, and cold medicine to survive winter, and a granola bar in case I get hangry. …
#clinicalscience #chronsandcolitis#chronsdisease #ulcerativecolitis#inflammatoryboweldisease #research#science