For science author Letizia Diamante, lockdown was a time to return to an unrealized childhood ardour: to turn out to be a author. We met with Letizia to search out out why she determined to put in writing books for kids and her expertise working in science communication on the college.
Letizia grew up in a distant a part of Italy and got here to Cambridge to finish a PhD in biochemistry and work on protein engineering. It was throughout this PhD that she had the “alternative to strive many alternative communities in a protected surroundings”.
“Shut your books and take a look at one thing new!” Letizia remembers being advised that the closed golden e-book within the middle of the college, with its horizontal backbone caught down, was an indication that college students ought to bond with new communities and take a look at new experiences. Cambridge college students work – however there’s extra to work than that.
“Shut your books and take a look at one thing new!”
Throughout her doctoral research, Letizia was concerned in writing fashionable science articles for a student-run science journal. Bluesayrecording movies about Antarctic volcanoes and watching many science documentaries.
Whereas she is uncertain about wanting to surrender analysis, Letizia says her PhD has given her many transferable expertise for her position as communications coordinator on the Cambridge Graphene Centre. She says she was fortunate sufficient to get a studentship from the Wellcome Belief to maneuver into science communication after her PhD. In her present position, she works to publicize purposes of graphene know-how being developed on the college.
Letizia works on tales about how graphene may be utilized to area. Graphene is a skinny, robust materials that can be utilized in area exploration. As Letizia defined, the College’s Graphene Middle is concerned within the EU’s Graphene Flagship, working along with Belgium’s Université Libre de Bruxelles and Rashid House Middle within the United Arab Emirates to check whether or not the graphene used within the wheels of the Rashid Lunar Rover is “Moon Protection” by making use of 3D printing of graphene at the moment in area. The position additionally gave her the chance to interview Dr. Megan Christian, who was just lately chosen as an astronaut by the European House Company.
“It is clear that Letizia loves writing for kids and will not be stopping anytime quickly.”
As a result of public establishments are funded by taxpayers, Letizia argues that science communication is prime to “disseminating publicly what has been finished with this cash” and highlighting analysis to a wider viewers. She notes that, whereas scientists could make vital discoveries within the lab, it’s communicators who set their instance and assist encourage the following era. Letizia steadily attends colleges in her native Italy and England, usually in areas with out entry to scientific analysis, museums or festivals.
“Having a job mannequin is vital in locations distant from academia,” Letizia hopes to contribute to creating science extra accessible in additional marginalized communities.
Whereas beforehand working as a Science Communications Fellow at CERN, she was impressed to put in writing her e-book: Your adventures at CERN. The newly found creator has dreamed of writing a e-book since childhood, writing her personal tales in elementary college utilizing second-hand notebooks left round the home. Nevertheless, when she entered the world of science, this purpose appeared far-fetched.
Lockdown gave her the inspiration she wanted to put in writing a child-friendly and entertaining e-book concerning the work at CERN, now translated into her native Italian. She thinks the CERN setting was “excellent” for this journey technique as a result of it has “above floor and underground laboratory experiments” and the format permits for a child-friendly and hands-on strategy to science. She tells us how she intentionally left the define of the principle character clean, to be drawn or painted by her readers.
Letizia is obsessed with writing books for younger kids, and is pleased along with her work. Her recommendation to college students who need to get entangled in science communication is obvious: “Be a part of communities in Cambridge”. Doing this provides you an opportunity to check out science journalism in a protected surroundings, and should you discover you take pleasure in it, you’ll be able to put collectively a portfolio and apply for internships and jobs, she says.
We ask her if she plans to launch extra books sooner or later, figuring out prematurely the reply: “Sure!” She is at the moment planning two extra books – one on animal tooth and tongues and one other on meals sustainability. It is clear that Letizia loves writing for kids and he or she will not be stopping anytime quickly.
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