‘Potential Difference’, an exhibition about Women in Science

I’m a PhD student in Biology at the University of Edinburgh and I’m really enjoying it, so I’d like to stay in academia. However, it appears to be harder for women to stay in academia – or at least as figure 3 shows many of them drop out! The reasons for this have been explored … More


Mitochondrial donation – prevention for mitochondrial diseases

A change in UK law will soon allow Mitochondrial Donation – Michaela Mrschtik discusses the background of the technique that could change the lives of families affected by mitochondrial disease. More


Podcast 13: TEDxUniversityofGlasgow Launch

theGIST was invited to attend the TEDxUniversityofGlasgow launch event. Tune in to hear our coverage of the event, including interviews with speakers and attendees.


Power Up Your Ideas Factory with Edinburgh International Science Festival

In 2015 Edinburgh International Science Festival transforms into The Ideas Factory – a hub for information, ideas and innovation. Audiences are invited to get their thinking caps on as big ideas transform the halls, galleries, theatres and gardens of Edinburgh from 4 – 19 April. In 2015 the Science Festival focuses on big ideas and … More


PODCAST 12: THE GIST WITH NATURALLY SPEAKING – CANADIAN WILDLIFE HEALTH COOPERATIVE

This is the first in our series of joint podcasts with the Glasgow University Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine’s Naturally Speaking podcast. In this episode, we interviewed the former director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative: Dr. Ted Leighton. Tune in to hear Dr. Leighton discuss a range of subjects, from his … More


The Evolution of Nanotechnology

In 1959, Nobel Prize winning physicist Professor Richard Feynman gave a lecture titled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”. In this lecture he outlined the possibility for a new scientific field, which we have come to know as “nanotechnology”. More


Podcast 11: Parapsychology

Skepticism can be a scientist’s best friend or their worst enemy, depending on how it’s applied. In this podcast, we speak to Dr. Caroline Watt, a Parapsychologist from the University of Edinburgh about how the skeptical mindset of scientists and much of the wider non-scientific community has benefitted her field and science in general.


theGIST at #TEDxGU

You probably already know how much we love going out and reporting on everything science and tech-y happening in Glasgow and its surroundings. This weekend is no exception: we will be out and about again, at the University of Glasgow TEDx conference. The Glasgow TEDx story started last year, with the conference taking place on … More


Pastry sheds new light on mass extinction

What does a cream crown have in common with the Great Dying, also known as the Permian-Triassic Extinction Event? It might surprise you to know that there is any commonality between them at all. However, a very crucial one is the focus of a paper recently published in Geology: vanilla. More


Become a Podcaster or YouTuber, 24 Feb 18:00

Time: 18:00 Date: 24 February 2015 Location: The Lounge, Level 6, Strathclyde Union Ever wanted to talk about science/technology on a podcast, or in a video? Ever wanted to interview leading researchers, and ask the questions that you want answered? Ever wanted to be part of the production team of a podcast or a video? … More


Big Investment in Science of the Small

Since the advent of the 21st century, more and more industries have had to adapt and develop at breakneck speed in order to keep up with the demands of our modern world. The science industry is no different, with new technologies requiring ever more advanced research centres. Recently it has been announced that one of … More


Science Ceilidh at the Glasgow Science Centre

Friends of theGIST Glasgow ScienceGRRL are proud to announce that they will be hosting a Science Ceilidh at the Glasgow Science Centre on Saturday 7th March to celebrate International Women’s Day! The event will include science based ceilidh dances – with names such as Orcadian Strip the Double Helix and the Dashing White Blood Cell. … More