Imagine waking up one day, and finding all your favourite food deconstructed in its most basic components? This is not the pitch of the next popular cooking show, but the surprising experience of the presenter of Yummy Physics, a new web series on the physics of food!
Yummy Physics is an outreach project created by staff and students from The University of Edinburgh to share some of the Physics happening deep inside our food. Dr Marion Roullet, who conducted her PhD research at the Institute of Soft Condensed Matter, tells us more about this web series.
Why Yummy Physics?
It started from the observation that to most people, physics is either about very small stuff, like quantum physics, or about very large objects, like astrophysics. While some like the mystery of these fields, many find it very abstract and complicated, and thus think that physics is not their cup of tea.
Last year I joined the School of Physics and Astronomy’s first Outreach Team which was set up by Dr JC Denis, the School’s Outreach Officer.
For those wondering, outreach can be boiled down to taking science out of the labs and in front of the public. When I volunteered for the team, I went in with the intention of spreading the good word of physics to the next generation of potential scientists. By the end of the year, I had gained one of the most important skills of my academic career: the ability to tell people what I’m doing.
Marina is from Spain, and has just completed an MPhys Physics degree. In this post she reflects on her reasons for applying to study here, the academic and transferrable skills she has gained, and her future plans…
When I applied to study in Edinburgh, I had never been to Scotland before. I had however done a lot of research to figure out what the best university was for me, and Edinburgh came up as my top choice.
Learning about the collaborations that the School of Physics and Astronomy has with world renowned research organisations enticed me to come here. I was very excited to learn from people who have involvement in some of the most exciting experiments in the field! (I found out later that you can not only learn from them, but also work with them and be part of their research team, but that’s something I’ll leave for later…) Continue reading “Student experience – from experiments to transferrable skills”