SciCurious is the podcast that highlights LGBT people in STEM, and gets to know the queer side of science.

Okay, great, but what does that mean?

Through SciCurious, I bring you stories from some of the brightest minds in the world who research or work in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. The people featured on SciCurious are all part of the vibrant and diverse LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer and much more) community.

Too often in STEM subjects, the researchers play second fiddle to their work. As a result, the foremost names in STEM are unknown, either nameless scientists just doing science, or as a name and face, but no life outside of their work. Here at SciCurious, we think that’s not okay!

As a result, the few household names tend to be straight, white, cis-gender men (aka male, stale and pale). That’s okay, but it isn’t representative of the STEM community — a melting pot of all sorts of people. SciCurious makes it its mission to highlight LGBTQ+ people in STEM.

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Your host:

Dr. Brynley Pearlstone

Bryn recently finished up his Ph.D in gravitational waves at the University of Glasgow. He lives in Glasgow with his boyfriend of seven years.

Bryn has been involved in LGBTSTEM for a few years, whether organising Pride marchers in Glasgow, or starting his own podcast!

Originally from the Westcountry, now living in Scotland, Bryn gets around a little bit, even spending a few months on site at a LIGO detector in 2016.

He unwinds by playing D&D, organising and attending science communication events, and obsessing over RuPaul’s Drag Race.

SciCurious was founded with a grant from the IOP in Scotland, whose generosity allowed for the purchase of a domain, microphone, and a little bit of money to travel the country. With that, SciCurious was born! The first six episodes of the podcast, as per the grant, focussed on LGBT physicists - including amazing stories from Dr. Ben Shaw, insight from Dr. James Claverley, and the fresh thoughts from Alex Blanchard.

SciCurious is currently looking for further financial backing - podcast hosting ain’t free, and I have grand plans for expanding SciCurious’ reach to on-the-ground events. If you have some change in your pocket, found some coins behind the couch, or can recommend a fund for me to apply to, please do get in touch! (See the Contact page for more details)