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Saffron Tyler

How did your journey into Physics begin?

I’ve always been interested in science but leaned more towards mathematics all throughout school. When I started my A-Levels I realised that all the skills I’d learnt in maths were applicable to real life situations in physics! After that I applied for an undergraduate MPhys degree in physics and I am now in my first year of a PhD in condensed matter.

What is your favourite thing about your research?

I enjoy the hands-on aspects of my research. You can read about unusual effects in physics, but actually doing an experiment to see these effects take place is incredibly exciting. I also love that there is always more to learn, so no two days are the same and interesting new research is always being published.

Why do you think it is important to highlight women in science? What does it mean to you?

It’s important to show women and girls that a career in STEM is possible for them because an increase in diversity in physics encourages more innovative solutions to physics problems. The best way to do that is through representation; highlighting scientists that women and girls can relate to demonstrates that this is a field they can pursue too.