In profile

  • Martin Chalfie: ‘I decided I wasn’t going to be a scientist’

  • David MacMillan: ‘The medal is the real celebrity’

  • Angela Russell: ‘We have to not be afraid of failing’

  • Robert Mokaya: ‘I have been lucky to open a lot of doors’

  • Jacqueline Barton: ‘I want to focus on the good stuff’

  • Carolyn Bertozzi: ‘Shooting hoops is very meditative’

  • Susan Solomon: ‘We had to literally stand out on the roof’

  • Supawan Tantayanon: ‘I designed my own portable lab’

  • Najat Saliba: ‘The Beirut explosion is a crime like no other’

  • Zafra Lerman: ‘I used art, music, dance, drama, poetry, animation, anything’

Different paths

Highlighting different routes into science


Why we need a greater variety of educational paths

André K Isaacs

Andre Isaacs, chemist and TikTok star


Sharing molecules, moves and messages of inclusion

Man heading to the passport control

Moving towards equality


Why diversity and inclusion should go hand-in-hand

King's College in Cambridge at sunrise

Class still a barrier to success in academia, survey finds

By Maria Burke

University and College Union members state that social class has hindered their careers and prevents other from entering the academy 

Question marks on a scientific experiment

Design of experiments

Quizzes and resources to help you to become better at designing experiments. Created in partnership with JMP

Woman inside a messy office unpacking her boxes; a view of London can be seen from the window

The chemists leaving their country over personal ethics

Family matters and political views are leading researchers to pursue careers abroad

Power imbalance

It’s time to ban staff–student relationships

A policy of discouragement doesn’t go far enough towards tackling sexual misconduct

A photo of four small poppers bottles. Their colourful plastic wrappers advertise them as room odourisers or aroma with brand names such as Liquid Gold, Bolt and Purple Haze

Explainer: The science of alkyl nitrites aka poppers

From their origins as 19th century angina treatment to becoming an important part of gay subculture, these recreational drugs exist in a legal limbo

Men inspecting chemical plant

What to expect when your customer’s quality auditor visits

Checking a chemical plant is meeting standards

Lab coats

9 out of 10 scientists hate their lab coat

Genius Lab Gear wants to replace the boxy garment with tailored apparel that fits different body shapes and sizes

Pumpkin pie slice

Pumpkin spiked

The unpleasant surprise in very yellow pies