I’m a Scientist… interview with Paula Salgado – Quantum Tunnel Podcast

You can download and listed to this episode here.

Have you ever heard about “I’m a scientists, get me out of here?”… Yes you read it correctly, SCIENTIST!

If you follow some pop culture you might be familiar with “I’m a celebrity…”, the drama of reality TV is now available in the classroom thanks to a group of people that adapted the idea and created a truly innovative way to bring science and scientists to the classroom.

In this episode, the Quantum Tunnel Podcast talked to Paula Salgado, a structural biologist at Imperial College London. She took part in the most recent edition of “I’m a scientist…” and she tells us all about the great experience she had.

If you want to find out more about the scheme, please visit the I’m a scientist website.

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Eclipse in Chile y Argentina
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Plastic that degrades in a matter of seconds
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