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Nature's Laboratory's Dr Bhagyashree Kamble to speak at Bradford Soapbox Science event 8th June 2024, City Park, Bradford BD1 1HY.

05 June 2024

“What happens if you put a few scientists on soapboxes on a busy street? We’ll tell you what happens: People who don’t usually think about science get to hear about it first hand, from scientists who don’t necessarily have shaggy beards and odd matching shoes, but who do know how to share their passion for experimentation, discovery and innovation. Soapbox Science is a grass-roots approach to taking science to the public. No fancy festivals; no stuffy lecture-theatres: just some of the world’s top women and non-binary scientists, a couple of silly props, a dash of summer showers, and lots of unsuspecting visitors. It’s street theatre with a difference. And we aim to make a difference!”

Sumner & Pettorelli, Soapbox Science Founders

Dr. Bhagyashree Kamble Propolis Research Associate with Nature's Laboratory will speak at the Bradford Soapbox Science event on 8th June about Opportunities in Natural Product Research in STEM. 

We asked Dr. Kamble to tell us a bit more about herself and why she got involved with Soapbox Science 2024... Over to you Dr. Kamble!

Q: How did you get to your current position?

Currently I work with Nature’s Laboratory, Whitby and the University of Bradford as Propolis Research Associate on a collaborative research project. I applied for the position, and with my prior experience and qualifications specializing in natural product research, I could prove myself as a suitable candidate.

Q: What, or who, inspired you to get a career in science?

I find two women scientists very inspirational and dynamic in their work. Firstly the Nobel prize winner Marie Curie and also 2015 Nobel prize winner Professor Youyou Tu. As a child when I started learning and understanding science, I was always keen on finding why and how for every new thing that I came across.

Q: What is the most fascinating aspect of your research/work?

Nature has spread its wings to offer so many natural products for making healthier lives. I feel we should use and preserve it with the utmost attention and care. I have been involved in exploring natural products as part of my research for more than 10 years. The most fascinating part of my research is developing products from bench to bedside. My work gives me an opportunity to contribute positively to making healthier lives. My work gives back to society which personally is very important to me.

Q: What attracted you to Soapbox Science in the first place?

I think it's a fantastic initiative reaching out globally to the women/ girls contributing or aspiring to be part of STEM. This will help the budding minds to learn, discuss and plan their own path going ahead to be part of STEM. It’s an opportunity for researchers to display and discuss their contribution and how it is making a buzz in the world of science. Soapbox Science provides a distinctive opportunity for scientists to step out of the lab and share their research directly with the public in an accessible and engaging way. I'm attracted to the idea of breaking down barriers between the scientific community and the public, and Soapbox Science aligns with that mission by bringing science to the streets and making it more accessible to everyone.

Q: Sum up in one word your expectations for the day.

Fantastic.

Q: If you could change one thing about the scientific culture right now, what would it be?

One aspect I would love to see evolve in scientific culture is a stronger emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. While there are certainly determined attempts in this direction, cracking down silos between different fields could accelerate progress and foster innovation. It's often at the intersections of disciplines where ground-breaking discoveries occur, and fostering a culture that actively encourages and supports interdisciplinary research could lead to more holistic solutions to complex problems.

Q: What would be your top recommendation to a woman studying for a PhD and considering pursuing a career in academia?

Every woman/ girl who wants to make a career in science, needs to figure out what her thoughts are about getting into science so she can visualize the path. Once the path is known, hurdles will also be there but don’t lose heart, after every dark night the bright sun will always shine.

Along with your passion you should also know hard work, honesty, consistency and a positive approach, then nothing can stop you from being successful. Lastly, remember to prioritize self-care and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Pursuing a PhD and a career in academia can be demanding, and it's important to take care of your physical and mental well-being along the way. Don't be afraid to seek support from friends, family, or mental health professionals if you need it. Your well-being is crucial to your success both in academia and in life.