Hello, I am Megan Hughes, and I work as an immunology Research Associate after graduating from Cardiff University with a Biomedical Science BSc in 2020. As a member of Show Me the Science, I was invited to write this piece for International Women and Girls in Science Day, and was very eager to share my experiences as a young woman in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Two weeks after receiving the first dose of the vaccine for Sars-CoV-2 (the name of the virus causing COVID-19), I tested positive for the virus. This was probably not because of the vaccine but because I was infected with the virus. Remember, vaccines are not 100% effective, and they can take about 4 weeks to begin to have an effect in most cases. Instead of only sending off a sample to a lab which can take a few days, in my workplace, we use a lateral flow test, which gives a quick result (within 30 minutes). Here we will go through the test and how it works.
In January, around 2 million people in the UK had received ate least the first dose of their vaccine against SARS-COV2, the virus that causes COVID-19. As of 11th March 2021, that figure had risen to more than 23 million people, about a third of the UK population. Tom had his vaccine in January, and you can read a little more about his experience here.
Tenovus, a Welsh cancer charity supporting patients and their families, recently teamed up with the Cardiff-based science discovery centre Techniquest to host an adult only evening event to give the public and insight into cancer research and science in general. Show Me The Science were invited to this event to put on a few activities … Read more
Time to Show Me The Science Cardiff Science Festival brought science communication to the masses once again this year, with multiple pop-up science activities and showcases throughout Cardiff. A long time in the planning, this was the inaugural event for Show Me The Science, and one that we hoped to showcase our passion for STEM … Read more