Photograph of founder Pranoti Kshirsagar

Our Story

The Science Talk was launched back in 2018 with the goal of bridging the gap between scientists and the public. The idea is to showcase the human side of research by shining a spotlight  on scientists and their research. We have five different concepts – #42Questions, #MyFirstScience, #ListenUp, #InOtherWords and #UnderTheMicroscope.

We started off with #42Questions, an interview series where scientists answer 42 quirky questions. The questions cover everything from  fun stuff like their favourite holiday destination to more serious topics  like their views on diversity in science. This series has featured scientists from around the world including Israel, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Soon after #42Questions came #InOtherWords. In this series scientific terms and papers are explained and demystified by scientists. #InOtherWords videos cover the whole range of scientific topics, from graphene to butterflies to thunderstorm asthma.

Soon after we launched our third concept #MyFirstScience, an interview series in which scientists share their first memory of being fascinated by science and the advice they would like to give to their younger and older selves. This series has featured scientists from around the world including the Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Brazil and the United Kingdom. 

Our latest video series #ListenUp gives scientists a platform talk about what they are passionate about and want the world to know – this could be anything from scientific practices to gender equality to loopholes in the research funding systems.

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In late 2019 we launched the podcast series #UnderTheMicroscope, in which materials and nano scientists are interviewed about their work and career. Topics include their career path, what they love about their job, the research project they are most proud of and more. The podcast guests also take over the twitter account @RealSci_Nano for a week where they tweet about their science, their career journeys and their passions. We are now a team of two taking care of the smooth operation of the podcast and twitter takeovers. This twitter takeover is an extension of the account @RealScientists which run on a similar concept.

Synchrotrons allow us to measure x-ray scattering data fast! 🥳

In-house instruments are beginning to achieve quality x-ray scattering patterns within hours, but for synchrotrons, we can achieve quality data with second-resolution.


Can we understand how the machine thinks? 🤔

While the Machine is finding trends in large datasets that we, humans, cannot find, they are often still a black box. By opening the black box, we can begin to discover new science. This is referred to as explainable ML. 😏


Today, I’m presenting our paper “Extracting Structural Motifs from Pair Distribution Function Data of Nanostructures using Explainable Machine Learning” with a poster to the #AI4MAT Workshop at #NeurIPS2022.

The work is about using explainable ML to analyse x-ray patterns! 😳

My colleague @EmilThyge is presenting our paper “DeepStruc: Towards structure solution from pair distribution function data using deep generative models” with a poster to the #AI4MAT Workshop at #NeurIPS2022

The work is about solving a structure from an x-ray pattern using ML!😳

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