Zone Archive

There’s links here to all the scientists in all the zones we’ve run since November 2017.

Each column can be reordered (click on the title). Or you can always use CTRL-F to search for a particular scientist, topic or zone.

Name About me and my work Zone name Date
Andreas Zoettl I study how bacteria swim in biological fluids Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Arianna Ponzini I’m a researcher in Contemporary China Studies Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Daniel Brown Artificial intelligence in Diabetes Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Gergely Rost I am a mathematician and I develop mathematical tools to model, analyse, predict and control infectious diseases. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Imogen Goold I work on ethical and legal issues related to medicine, such as owning body parts, abortion, reproductive medicine, surrogacy, human enhancement and medical negligence. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Joel Butler I look at how men in tights and men in turbans made deals between England and the Ottomans (sort of Turks) in the Tudor times. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Kanta Dihal I study stories about very difficult science: quantum physics and artificial intelligence. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Mario Collura I work on the dynamics of “quantum” (strange) systems. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Martin Pickup I teach and research in philosophy, looking at questions about the fundamental nature of things Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Mary-Kay Thompson I’m studying how young fruit fly brains grow into adult brains and how they know when to stop growing. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez I try to understand how babies learn to talk Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Ophélie Lebrasseur I am an archaeologist who tries to answer questions about our past. To do so, I use DNA (the blueprint of all living things) of old animal bones found on archaeological sites to understand how people move and their relationships with their animals. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Patrick Esser I help people with brain injuries, by playing with cool gadgets such as smart-tattoos and phone apps! Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Pawan Kumar My work is to design and make new nucleotides/oligonucleotides for treating genetic disorders such as Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Priyanka Dhopade Jet engines get hot; the bits inside can break or melt; I make sure they don’t. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Raquel Pinacho I study how activating certain neurons in the brain affects behaviour. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Rohan Kapitany I try to figure out how and why rituals are so important to people. This helps me understand how the brain evolved to create this thing we call ‘culture’. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Sabina Fiolna Ecology two thousands years ago? Why not! Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Sami Miaari My research focuses on the labour economics, economic causes and consequences of conflict, including on the economic costs of political instability and the relationship between economic shocks and conflict (focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), discrimination against ethnic minorities, economic inequality, and applied econometric. Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Sam Parsons I am interested in the way we process emotional information, and how this relates to mental health Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Sarah Finnegan I’m a neuroscientist who explores the relationship between the brain and how we perceive the world Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Tom Higham Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, University of Oxford Curiosity Carnival September 2017
Anna Gautier I study competitive multi-robot systems Machine Learning Zone November 2019
Brian Zhang I'm a Statistics DPhil student looking into genetic data Machine Learning Zone November 2019
Jacob Leygonie Researcher in mathematics and Artificial intelligence Machine Learning Zone November 2019
Jun Zhao Working on responsible AI and AI for families Machine Learning Zone November 2019
Lin Shuyu I am interested in developing algorithms which can truly 'think’ and 'understand’. Machine Learning Zone November 2019
Mackenzie Graham How should we use new technology, to make sure that they benefit everyone? This is an ethical question, and is the kind of question my work tries to answer. Machine Learning Zone November 2019
Nick Hawes I work on AI methods to allow robots to plan and execute behaviour for missions that last from minutes to months. Machine Learning Zone November 2019
Valerie Bradley Developing methods for prediction with messy, aggregated or biased data Machine Learning Zone November 2019
Yee Whye Teh I'm interested in understanding the scientific principles underlying intelligence. Machine Learning Zone November 2019
Andrew Watson I'm Tony. I am senior lecturer and course lead for the Black Studies degree at Birmingham City University and I have also published six books about different aspects of Africa, Caribbean and Black British history and politics Black History Month 2021 November 2021
Claudia Jones I'm Kwaku. I deliver programmes on History, particularly African British history, and Music, particularly British black music, which are respectively posted at and Black History Month 2021 November 2021
Dido Elizabeth Belle Hello, my name is Leah. I’m a Postgraduate Researcher at the University of Huddersfield. I'm currently researching for my History Master’s degree, which looks at experiences of 'Mixedness', and this year I’ll be championing Dido Elizabeth Belle. Black History Month 2021 November 2021
Henrie Anthonie Jetto Hi! My name is Sophie and I'm a PhD student at Lancaster University (near Manchester). I'm originally from Newcastle upon Tyne and my interest in Black British history came about when I started university. Black History Month 2021 November 2021
Ivory Bangle Lady I'm Dr. Liz Gloyn and I'm a Reader in Latin Language and Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. I spend most of my time thinking about people who lived in the first centuries BC and AD; I'm particularly interested in philosophy and drama. I'm also interested in what happens to things from the classical world when people in the modern world use them for their own purposes, and I recently wrote a book on classical monsters in popular culture. Black History Month 2021 November 2021
John Blanke I am Dr Suki Haider, I teach history at university. These are my dogs (from the left: Savvy, Phoenix and Zak). Black History Month 2021 November 2021
Mary Seacole My name is Clara and I teach history in a school near Bristol. I teach students from Year 7 to Year 13. I am really interested in the stories and people that the history books often leave out. Black History Month 2021 November 2021
William Cuffay I'm Hannah. I'm a lecturer at the University of Southampton and a historian of nineteenth-century Britain. Black History Month 2021 November 2021
Anthony O'Connor My name is Mel and I am currently working on a project to honour the amazing contribution of Black teachers who came from the Caribbean during the Windrush era. Black History Month 2022 October 2022
Connie Mark Hi, I am Garry, a recent graduate in BA Black Studies at BCU in Birmingham. Connie is a former member of Auxiliary Territorial service which was the women’s branch of the British army during World War 2. I am the director of Recognize Black Heritage & Culture, Black Heritage Walks Network, The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival and I have been a partner in Blackstory partnership (contracted to deliver Birmingham’s Black History month brochure and Launch event) for the past five years. Black History Month 2022 October 2022
George Bridgetower Hi, I'm Jeevan! I studied History at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Manchester. I specialise in South Asian history and the South Asian diaspora. I was born in Leamington Spa but my family are from Panjab in India. The historical figure I will be speaking to you about is George Bridgetower. George was a violinist and composer who was born to a West Indian father and German mother in 1778. He had a lot of fans including the Prince of Wales and Beethoven... I am looking forward to speaking with you about him during Black History Month! Black History Month 2022 October 2022
George Padmore My name is Jack, the historian for George Padmore. I'm a PhD historian at the University of Warwick and write about Pan-African print. Padmore was an important activist in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s, and changed how we think about race and empire. Black History Month 2022 October 2022
Ignatius Sancho Black History Month 2022 October 2022
Jack Leslie Hi I'm Lily, the historian for Jack Leslie. I'm a PhD student at the University of Manchester researching the history of racism in football. Jack was a Black professional footballer who was called up to the England squad in 1925, but was then stopped from playing due to the colour of his skin. It took another 53 years before Viv Anderson finally became the first Black player to represent England in 1978. Black History Month 2022 October 2022
John Blanke Art and Cultural Historian with a passion for the Black presence in European History Black History Month 2022 October 2022
Julius Soubise My name is Natalie Zacek. I'm from the US, but I teach history at the University of Manchester. I'm the historian for Julius Soubise, a man born into slavery in the Caribbean in 1754 who came to London as a child. As an adult he became famous for leading a lavish lifestyle and being a man of style and charm. Some people have claimed that he was Britain's first black celebrity. Black History Month 2022 October 2022
Mary Seacole My name is Deanna Lyncook, I am a History PhD student at Queen Mary's University, London. I research the British colonial education system in the Caribbean and the experiences of children in migrating to Britain during their schooling years. I also host a Black History podcast called 'The History Hotline'. Mary Seacole is a pioneering figure in the field of nursing. She gave her life to helping others, even when she was turned away. She was extremely courageous, hard working and brave, healing soldiers on the frontlines of battle. Black History Month 2022 October 2022
Olaudah Equiano My name is David. I am a historian and Olaudah Equiano is one of the people I have looked at. He is interesting because he is one of only a very few enslaved Africans who has left us a written account of his life, and what a life it was! His book describes an idyllic childhood in an African village, how he was captured and sold into slavery, his time serving in the British navy and how he was able to buy his freedom before settling in London where he played a big part in the campaign to end the slave trade. Black History Month 2022 October 2022
Robert Wedderburn I'm Raphael Hoermann, the historian for Robert Wedderburn, from the University of Central Lancashire. Robert was the son of a slaveholder and an enslaved African woman and campaigned for workers' rights and the end of slavery. Black History Month 2022 October 2022
Sgt William Robinson Clarke I am a mental health nurse, army reservist, community worker, hobby historian Black History Month 2022 October 2022
Sir William Arthur Lewis Hi! I'm Oli, a historian educated at Manchester and Oxford University who has worked with Windrush community groups and written about the impact of the 2012 Hostile Environment on their experience as citizens. Black History Month 2022 October 2022
Stuart Hall I'm Owen, the historian for Stuart Hall. Stuart Hall was a Jamaican-British activist, academic, and writer. Black History Month 2022 October 2022
Walter Tull I'm Andy Lock, a specialist in First World War history, looking at fighting methods during the 1914-18 conflict. Walter's sporting and wartime actions set him apart, and he is deservedly one of the British Army's most famous regimental officers. Black History Month 2022 October 2022