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
My experience of the British Science Festival had been, for the first few days, fairly whimsical. Talks about animating dinosaurs, living forever and the science behind cosmetics were all serious science, but fairly light, fun subjects. This only served to throw the serious subject matter of Attitudes to men’s violence against women into sharper relief, and the results discussed provided very few reasons to be cheerful.