High as a perovskite: thanks and farewell Lisa Strover

Lisa Strover (@leeza_93) is a postdoctoral researcher, working at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel and joined Real Scientists in August. In a true display of “know your audience”, one of Lisa’s first tweets was this one:

Lisa also shared with us some of the daily frustrations of experimental science; things that many of us can relate to but aren’t talked about often enough.

Lisa obligingly filled out our curator exit interview, and you can read her answers and find out more about her week below.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

Fun 🙂 the great response of RS followers gave me warm, fuzzy feelings.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

Yes! Mostly it was a reasonably steady pace, but there were a couple of topics (PhDs and mental health, and the gendered ramifications of baking for colleagues) which just had an overwhelming response – at first it was daunting, but once I got into it I had a lot of fun with it and just really appreciated the enthusiasm.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

The threads on PhDs and mental health and on the gendered ramifications of baking for colleagues – it was amazing to see so many people engage, and somewhat humbling to find that I’d managed to touch on topics which people were really interested in discussing and sharing experiences on! But the biggest highlight of the week was this Tweet from @PV_Physicist – “I just want to re-tweet everything @leeza_93 is writing on @realscientists . So excited to see her discussing #perovskite #solarcells ”

No particular low lights, although I did have moments of low inspiration, particularly in the last couple of days.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

Nothing that stands out – I would have liked to be able to discuss my own work in more detail, but I’ve only started in my current area of research very recently so things were a bit slow in terms of experiments I could discuss – that was just an issue of timing.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

I had a few “dot points” of topics I wanted to discuss but no real plan. I covered all of those, but some of the topics that generated the most engagement were just inspired by responding to other people’s Tweets and events/thoughts that came up during the week.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Be flexible – pay attention to which Tweets people are engaging with, and build on that.

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?


Thanks once again Lisa from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from her week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.


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