Andrew Macdonell is a chemistry PhD student entering his last year at the University of Glasgow. He works with polyoxometalates, trying to produce new materials which will save the world or, at the very least, get him his degree. In an effort to preserve some vestige of his social skills, he likes to talk to people about science (in appropriate settings) and convince them that it’s not all as bafflingly complicated as it might first appear. Being something of an addict for extracurricular activities, in his spare time, he normally likes to have a little lie down.
He is a contributor for the blog http://www.thescifact.wordpress.com/
Having been lulled into a false sense of security by the cosy proximity of my first two days of talks at the British Science Festival, the discovery that my next booking was a short metro ride away was something of a shock, especially given the five minutes I’d left myself to get there. One mad dash and ten minutes of accosting strangers about the whereabouts of the Literature and Philosophical Society of Newcastle later, I stumbled slightly late into the cosy meeting room and, trying to hide my breathlessness and shame, skulked into a seat near the back of the room.