We like crystals, they’re not easy: thanks and farewell Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin (@Jenny_STEM) is a professor and Director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery at Griffith University and joined Real Scientists at the end of March. We were first treated to the story of how Jenny came to love crystallography-

Other highlights included an array (yep pun intended) of drool-inducing #crystalcake, although how she can pick a favourite we will never know.


There were also fantastic discussions about protein crystallography, drug discovery, women in science, antibiotic resistance, science art, and even a surprise appearance by Nicole Kidman!

Jenny kindly completed our post-curation survey, with her answers to be read below.

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


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

No – only had one bad interaction really, and just ignored him

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Positive feedback on my tweets, avalanche of followers on my personal account. Wish I had more time to tweet. Cyclone Debbie got in the way a bit

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

I wanted to get some more followers for the Institute I am leading @GRIDD_GU to showcase what we are doing there

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

Yes, though last 2 days were open. I asked followers to vote on those. Worked out well

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

Have fun. Polls work well so that people who are awake when you are asleep can still interact

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

me! @GRIDD_GU and all of the people I follow

Thanks once again Jenny 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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