About

eva_headshotEva Amsen has over a decade of experience in outreach and communication for academics, scientific publishers, and scientific tech companies. She is also a musician and writer, and would like there to be a few more hours in the day to work on all of her projects.

Work with scientists:
Eva has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto and currently works as Scientific Engagement Manager at the Institute of Cancer Research in London (UK), focusing mainly on the communication aspect of the Transforming Genetic Medicine Initiative. Before this, she worked at the journal Development and at scientific publishing/tech company F1000 in various community management and outreach roles. Eva is also the co-founder of MySciCareer, a site that highlights diverse careers for scientists, and co-instigator of SciBarCamp events.

Writing:
Science is not confined to labs: it’s everywhere – and so are scientists. Eva’s writing focuses on the lives of scientists, the overlap between science and the arts, and the identity of science as a culture of its own. Her work has been published in The Scientist, Popular Science, Spacing Magazine, Hakai Magazine, The Biologist, Chemistry World, and other places both online and in print.

Eva’s writing has appeared in two books, including The Best Science Writing Online 2012, which featured this blog post about capybaras, pirates, colonialism and biochemistry.

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 16.33.13Music:
Eva has played violin since age 11, and took her instrument with her wherever she moved for science As a result, she has been in rehearsal spaces and on stages in three different countries. Over the past years, she has played with Hart House Chamber Strings, Corktown Chamber Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, London Euphonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Britannica, the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra (with a tiny cameo in Doctor Who: Earth Conquest) and in award-winning theatre production You Me Bum Bum Train.