Background / Earlier & Scientific Career
I worked predominantly in "pure" scientific research until 2013. Initially, this involved training as a Microbiologist at the University of London, (BSc. Hons, 1999); I later moved to Oxford University to do my Doctorate in Zoology- more precisely on Animal Colouration.
Although my earliest science was an industrial trial of microbiological testing methods, followed by a paper on insect microbiology, after 2000, almost all of my scientific work was on aspects of Natural Colouration- notably Structural Colouration. This involved studies in a range of animals from Comb-Jellies (ctenophores), Jellyfish and Fish to Insects and Birds.
In 2003, I was awarded a science Research Fellowship by The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, which I held at Oxford University and spent examining beetles. Specifically, I was looking for naturally occurring photonic crystals (band gap materials) in Philippine weevils. This work involved SEM and TEM, amongst other techniques, and resulted in discoveries about the anatomy and optics of certain natural photonic crystals and related devices.
In terms of "pure" science, my most recent studies have been on Fluorescence, particularly that found in Insects, such as Beetles.
Since 1999, I have also been involved in many varied science communication projects, including writing science/wildlife articles for certain commercial magazines. As a consequence, I was appointed a Lecturer in Science Communication ("Maitre des Conferences") at the University of Namur, Belgium in 2012. Much of my science communication work was published under aliases.
2017- Present: Editor- The Greatest Minds.Org
2013-2017: Freelance Popular Science Writer, Science Communicator & Technical-Document Editor - various projects, including-
2014- 2015: Technical Writer,
BIOSTRUCT project, University of Namur, Belgium &...
2012- 2013: Lecturer in Science Communication,
(="Maitre des Conferences")
University of Namur,
2012-2013:Post doctoral researcher (Biophysics), University of Namur (FUNDP),
2009- 2012: Full-time Popular Science Magazine writing, UK. Notably interview columns and articles for Practical Reptile Keeping, Small Furry Pets and Popular Fish Keeping (all Pub: Kelsey Media), additional ghost writing and online/blog writing and ghosting (over 300 posts)
2008: Secondment to
The International Science Institute (ISI),
2008: Secondment to
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel
2005-2009: Postdoctoral Fellow,
University of Namur (FUNDP),
2003-2005: Research Fellow,
The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Oxford, UK
2000-2003: DPhil Zoology,
University of Oxford & Jesus College,
1996-1999: BSc (Hons) Microbiology,
University College London,
Scientific Enquiries/ Contact:
As mentioned elsewhere, I am an editor, biologist and popular science writer. Having juggled research science with popular science writing and other writing for over a decade, I am now effectively a full-time writer, public speaker and editor. Most of my time, energies and brain-power is currently taken up with The Greatest Minds.co.uk.
In practical terms, this means writing, editing, promoting and business management of The Greatest Minds Ltd. The Greatest Minds is due to release 2 books later this year (2019). The first of these is a 128-page 8.5inch by 11.5inch popular science "extravanganza" called “Marie Curie and The Hyraxes”. The second is a shorter book of the artwork from the site (the featured stuff and the unused and bonus material, plus related artworks created for related products and commissioned privately.and the story behind all of that.)
I am additionally personally completing two unrelated non-fiction books- neither has a firm release date, but 2019/2020 seems likely for the first.
For anyone who has still not had enough of me, I can be found on Pinterest here-
For Media enquiries/ After-Dinner-Speaking and other in-person-talk bookings, feel free to contact - email@example.com
Bookings for my teleconferences are handled by Globeoedu
Dr Victoria L Welch,
Bsc (Hons) (London), DPhil (Oxon)