Hello. My name is Josh and today is my first day at Gallomanor; at least, my first day as an actual, real person and not a photograph sat on a chair.

The first job I’ve been given—well, the first one which doesn’t involve flailing wildly in a sea of information—is to officially introduce myself, and perhaps later, change my Twitter bio accordingly. I’m told that I impressed with my “writing skills, organisational ability, and digital prowess,” and while it’s nice to be appreciated, I will say that I’m experiencing a terrible pressure to make this post something worthy of such accolade.

I recently graduated from the University of Aberdeen as a chemist (the chemicals and reactions kind, not the sells you aspirin kind), and moving from a lab in northern-most Scotland, to an office in Bath—skipping distance to that shop featured in last week’s Great British Bake Off, you know the one—is quite a drastic change, but one for which I’m more than ready… I hope.

In Aberdeen I did a lot of work on Au Science Magazine, managing production, designing the magazine, writing articles, and enforcing the style guide and it’s guidelines rules for the use of hyphens. The skills I learned with Au will come in useful here: Today I become a Project Wrangler. I’m going to be working on upcoming I’m a Scientist events, as well a host of other exciting projects which Gallomanor have in the pipeline. I’ll be writing emails, and blog posts, helping to organise the events. Then there’s the whole mountain of jobs which are yet to reveal themselves.

I worked as a moderator for the June I’m a Scientist, so I have an idea of what’s going to be involved running the events, but there’s much more to learn, including—but absolutely not limited to—the whereabouts of that bountiful biscuit stash I saw during my interview.

Au was where I found my passion for science communication and public engagement. Where I learnt the importance of organisation, and not storing every file in one folder labelled simply: “Things. Sort these. Ahhhh.” Where I got involved in science busking; taking simple science experiments to the public to dazzle and amaze. Having a 4-year-old exclaim: “It’s not magic Mummy, it’s science!”, is some serious kind of job-satisfaction. The kind I’m hoping to find here.


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