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Welcome to insight! PhySoc's podcast about the lives of academics!
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insight offers a look into the people behind our education, the stories that led to a lecturer writing physics equations on the whiteboard at the front of the your lecture theatre. Is there more to the lives of academics than just academia? When not deciphering the Universe, what drives them? Join us as we interview the academics making St Andrews.

FEATURED EPISODE

Prof Albert de Roeck

09 Feb 2023

Another exciting interview from our CERN mini-series, this time with Prof Albert de Roeck, who was in the leadership of the CMS experiment in CERN at the exciting time that the Higgs boson was being discovered. What is the exciting future of neutrinos and what enchants him about egyptology? Listen and find out!

LATEST EPISODES

EPISODE 52 | ACADEMICS

Stephanie Campbell

12 Dec 2022

In this episode we speak with Stephanie Campbell, an astronomy PhD student at the University of St Andrews. We discuss their time at St Andrews, researching the use of dynamic models to study galaxies, as well as their work in diversity and outreach in astronomy. This includes coordinating the University of St Andrews Mobile Planetarium and being the Regional Liaison for the International Society of Non-binary Scientists. (Photo credit: Andrew Perry)

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EPISODE 51 | ACADEMICS

Dr Simon Clark

26 Oct 2022

In this week's episode of Insight, Dr Simon Clark talks about his journey into science content creation, his new book Firmament and also his favourite coordinate system.

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EPISODE 50 | ACADEMICS

Frederik Van der Veken

20 Aug 2022

Frederik is working on the collimators in the LHC, but his path to CERN led through performing arts, philosophy, classical music and then quantum chromodynamics. He speaks about his adventures travelling in Africa and elsewhere and adds many interesting insights into the fields in which he's been involved. Enjoy listening!

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EPISODE 49 | ACADEMICS

Patrick Geeraert

24 Jul 2022

An interview with Patrick Geeraert, whose long and successful career in CERN now culminates in leading the Science Gateway project. Having also done a 9-year detour to ESO, Patrick speaks about the coincidence that lead him to CERN in the first place, managing huge international science projects, and adds a few charming anecdotes.

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EPISODE 6 | SPECIALS

CERN Mini-series Announcement

18 Jul 2022

We are very happy to announce a mini-series of interviews with researchers and other members of CERN. There are a few interviews lined up, but meanwhile, before they are ready, let's talk about the random places and things here in CERN :) Enjoy the summer!

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EPISODE 48 | ACADEMICS

Oriel Marshall

13 Jul 2022

In this wholesome interview, we speak with Oriel, a PhySoc alumnus and St Andrews Physics graduate. Where has life taken her, and what does she recommend to us - future graduates (and alumni <3 )? This interview is exceptionally full of laughing!

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