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I’m picking up food vibrations: thanks and farewell Emma Beckett – Real Scientists

I’m picking up food vibrations: thanks and farewell Emma Beckett

Nutrition and genetics researcher Emma Beckett (@synapse101) joined RealScientists at the end of March. Emma didn’t shy away from any of the highly debated topics in food science, tweeting about sugar, GMOs, vegan diets and organic produce.



Emma also is Close Personal Friends™ with a great many Nobel laureates!



There was also this little thing with a wombat, no big deal


Emma kindly completed our curator exit survey, and her answers are below.
In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

It was busy, but fun! It was interesting to see what content the other scientists liked and what it was that interested the more lay-people. I thought my topic would attract many more trolls!

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

It was a bit intimidating on the first day, but once I got used to it it was fine.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

I had a few anti-sugar & anti-GMO troll types, & lots of users mansplained my topics to me, but I was totally prepared for that, given my field, and it actually wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. I didn’t have to block anyone. Obviously the wombat video went viral, which I totally didn’t consider, I had one night where my home internet was down, and I was doing it from my phone, so I was talking about more the personal side of things & keeping it light.

I really enjoyed when we were talking about taste how people were making connections with their own preferences & family histories.

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


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

I had a list of topics I wanted to discuss, a few extra ideas came up because of what was in the current media or things people asked, but it was still fine.

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

Don’t continuously check the notifications if you are feeling overwhelmed, scrolling through 50 is not that more harder than scrolling through 25, but you get to do it half as often. Be mindful of the time zones, my best responses were during the Australian 9-12 (which is the American PM), and then in the Australian 8pm-11pm, which is when I guess Europe is waking up. Australian midday was slower.

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

@pintofscienceAU (I’m guest curator there 11-17th April), @foodwatch and @SallyMdietician are my two fav nutrition/dietetics accounts that I follow for fad-free advice. @CroweTim is my fav nutrition researcher account. Oh, and me of course!

Thanks once again Emma 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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