Sammie Le Sommer


Dr. Sammie Le Sommer

Sammie is a research fellow in Aberdeen University’s Institute of Meical Science, focussing on immune response. She’s co-organiser of the STEM village conference in 2020,co-ordinator for 500 Women Scientists’ Aberdeen chapter and much, much more

I met Sammie on a group chat, to discuss another LGBTSTEM project we're working on together. I snatched her on day while she was in Glasgow, and had a delightful time talking to her! Left out of the pod are anecdotes about meeting band members' families abroad, the crutch of caffeine, and a rant about the industry.

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Music for this episode was Mamma Mia by Austin Weber. Find his music on Spotify or Apple music.

Justin Sperling


Dr. Justin Sperling

Justin is a recent graduate of the University of Glasgow, where he earned his Ph.D in plasmonics. In 2019, his work caught the attention of the media when he helped develop and artificial tongue for distinguishing fake whisky from the real deal.

He’s just started a new postdoc in Barcelona. Best of luck in your new venture, Justin!

This month I was joined back in the closet with Dr. Justin Sperling, a biomedical engineer originally from Ohio, studied in Glasgow, and at the time of publishing, newly postdoc-ing in Barcelona. We gabbed for this hour about the music scene in Austin, TX, a synthetic tongue for discerning whiskies, and the importance of failure.

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Music for this episode was Mamma Mia by Austin Weber. Find his music on Spotify or Apple music.


Alex Blanchard

In this final episode of the 6 part series talking with LGBT physicists, I chat to the brand new, green-as-they-come Ph.D student, Alex Blanchard.

I met Alex a years ago at a Glasgow Frontrunners social. He's a real delight - always smiling, talented musically, and a hard working physicist working in optics. 

Check out the band he plays in, SambaYaBamba, maybe catch them this summer.

Check out the Glasgow Frontrunners, or find your local chapter.

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Music for this episode was Mamma Mia by Austin Weber. Find his music on Spotify or Apple music.

Thanks to IOPScotland for sponsoring this episode and the 5 other episodes in this season. Check out their website for more information on IOP events all around Scotland!

SciCurious: Live



This month, we brough SciCurious into the meatspace with SciCurious: Live! Panellists (left to right) were Jon Orgill, Emily Nordmann, Martin Hendry and Lawrence Chaney!

This year during the Glasgow Science Festival, we put on the very first SciCurious: Live!

Listen to our panel discussion around visibility in STEM, and follow our panelists!

Jon Orgill (Instagram)

Emily Nordmann (Twitter)

Martin Hendry (Twitter)

Lawrence Chaney (Instagram, Twitter)

Check out the Humans of LIGO blog here.

During the discussion we mention the LGBT physical sciences climate survey. Read the report here.

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Thanks also to Malcom the Sound Man, to Debbie and her team of helpers, to all the staff at Kelvin Hall, and to everybody who came along to SciCurious: Live! Without the lot of youse, this live show wouldn't have happened.

And last, but not least, thanks to IOPScotand, for funding SciCurious, and SciCurious: Live, and making this show possible. Check out more of what IOPScotland does on their website


Dr. James Claverley


Dr. James Claverley

James is a “scientist at heart” who has hung up his lab coat for a desk job at the National Physical Laboratory.

He champions diversity through STEM, whether through IOP’s diversity committee, as a trustee of PrideInSTEM, or by steering towards inclusion for all at NPL.

This month, I'm chatting with Dr. James Claverley! James is a "scientist at heart" based at the National Physical Laboratory. He now puts skills learned working in metrology (the study of measurements) to good use in the offices of NPL. James is also on the IOP's Diversity committee. He's been working on a report from last year's LGBT+ physical sciences climate survey.

In this episode, we talk about the importance of redefining the kilogram, queer STEM heroes, and James teases some of the findings from the LGBT+ physical sciences climate survey.

If you want more from James, you can find him, and plenty of pictures of his dog, River, on Twitter as @DrClaverley.

BIG NEWS! SciCurious is recording a live show! To see what it's about, check out, and get tickets through the the Glasgow Science Festival event page.

You can, of course, find more from the podcast of Twitter as @SciCurious_pod, and you can send emails to

Music, as ever, was by Austin Weber. Find his music on iTunes and Spotify. Keep an eye out for his new album, Love Songs for No One, dropping on May 11th.

If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to iTunes, and leave a 5-star review and say something nice about the show. iTunes weights ratings in their algorithms when deciding which podcasts to promote, so it really does matter.

And thanks as ever to IOPScotland, for making SciCurious possible!

Professor Aidan Robson

In February, I popped into the University of Glasgow to sit down and chat with Aidan Robson. Aidan has lots going on, he's Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Glasgow, the spokesperson for the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) at CERN, and much more! In this episode, we talk about Aidan's career so far, his roles in CERN, and what CLIC can do for particle physics! We also touch on being an out gay man in academia, and being a part of inclusive sports clubs.

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Introducing to you…

The SciCurious Podcast!

STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics bring benefits to us all - whether in the form of public health, faster computers, or just learning really cool things about space. If you love science, you probably really appreciate the people who do cutting edge research, and those that make that work accessible to us all.

But scientists have a bit of a reputation as the straight-man — though to have poor interpersonal skills, dry humour, and a far from the life of the party. But that’s not true of all scientists, by which I mean that not all scientists are straight!

Yes, behind all kinds of STEM research are a whole bunch of rich and diverse LGBTQ+ people. Yes, straight cisgendered men and women, but all gay, bi, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, ace and pansexual people from all backgrounds!

I’m Dr. Brynley Pearlstone, and I’m a triple threat: I’m a gay man, I have a Ph.D in astrophysics, and now, I’m a podcaster! Join me, as I talk to some of the brightest minds in STEM, and get to know the queer side of science, starting with a series focussed on LGBTQ+ physicists, sponsored by IOP Scotland.

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