Glasgow Science Festival: Fun with Zines

This summer, scientists from across the globe are meeting in Glasgow to discuss one of the biggest challenges of modern times: Climate Change. Among them is Melanie Boeckmann, whose climate change workshop for students will blend creativity with science. She chatted more about what’s in store…


1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name’s Melanie Boeckmann and I am a postdoc in Public Health at the Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine-University in Duesseldorf, Germany. I now research ways to encourage patients to stop smoking in a project with partners in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. And before that I did my PhD and first postdoc on climate change and health.

2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

I’m excited to be here for the first time and to offer a zine workshop for university students. Zines are independently created little magazines that can be about a million different topics.

3. Why should we come to your event?

You get to draw and write and cut and paste and fold and print and talk all at the same time! Zines are a cool medium to use to express your ideas, and you get to choose whether you want to write about science with a poem, paint your favorite images, or wow us with your rendering of facts in your science magazine. Plus you get to take something physical home with you at the end of the session,

4. This year’s festival theme is ‘Glasgow Explores’. Where would you like to explore?

The question really should be: where wouldn’t I like to explore? But since I’ll be in Scotland for the third time in my life I’ll be looking for little hole-in-the-wall cafés and small bookstores rather than the big sights this time. And I’ll never NOT want to explore places near an ocean.

5. What’s the best thing about being a scientist or engineer?

The best thing about being a researcher is making time to sit and think and then writing some of that thinking down.

Calling all students! Join Melanie for her Climate Change Zine workshop on 8 June. Tickets are free and can be booked online.


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