Earlier this year, Daniel Hodgson became the Director of Edinburgh Complex Fluid Partnership (ECFP), the knowledge exchange arm of the Soft Matter and Biological Physics research group at the University of Edinburgh. ECFP was set up in 2012 on the back of an EPSRC grant to translate the fundamental understanding from research into industrial problems. Since then it’s grown and worked with over 50 companies. Daniel is from Cumbria, from a small town on the edge of the Lake District.
Former colleague Dr Keith Bromley reflects on his career at the School of Physics and Astronomy and his transition to working in industry. He also considers how “becoming flummoxed by some of the easier tasks while proving successful in more challenging responsibilities” shaped his journey.
In this interview I phoned Beth Biller, a lecturer in the Institute for Astronomy within the School of Physics and Astronomy, to discuss how her identity as a woman has impacted her research in the peer-review process, the history of women in astronomy, and what it’s like to be an openly queer academic.