Saving the world, one plate of chips at a time: thanks and farewell, Dr Hannah Thompson

Dr Hannah Thompson aka @halften/@DoctorSpudly was our curator for the last set of seven on RealScientists. Hannah’s a plant pathologist who’s looking at making the sideways move into research-led policy, which instigated some welcome debate over what constitutes a ‘scientist’ – the narrow (some would say* prescriptive, exclusionary and naive) view that only active bench scientists can call themselves scientists, to the broader view that anyone who does, uses or advocates for science is a scientist, that it’s less a job description, more a mindset or a calling.

*I would say. Loudly. Even if not specifically asked.

Hannah also made the case very strongly for why her field is so important:


I reckon so. If you missed any of Hannah’s curation, catch up on Storify. Keep following her on her own account(s), and keep following RealScientists – next week we have Australian astrophysicist Professor Bryan Gaensler, aka @SciBry!


James is a recovering scientist and escaped postdoc who works in research management at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He's now retired from active @RealScientists duty, after serving from the project's beginnings in 2013 through to mid 2015. When not managing research, surviving #PlanetParenthood or pretending not to be an expat Australian in the Deep South of NZ, he tweets @theotherdrsmith.

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