Nessa the Chemist


Nessa Carson: About

Nessa Carson is a professional synthetic organic chemist working with laboratory automation (robots) to do high-throughput screening for drug discovery in south-east England.

I am also the Team Leader and Treasurer of Oxford University Scientific Society, having returned to OUSS after being an undergraduate student at Oxford. To complement my organic chemistry experience, I like to get involved with a number of other science-related projects. A computer scientist friend told me that the best way to learn to code was to start by producing a personal website. I then wrote this website without prior knowledge of CSS or JavaScript, and now I'm learning Python and advanced JavaScript with 1mwtt1mwtt. The site's purpose is as a repository for content I think is useful, mostly to scientists. I keep a database of upcoming conferences in organic chemistry. I also write poetry.

Updated Oct 2018

Nessa Carson

Projects I'm working on

Oxford University Scientific Society

I am the Team Leader and Treasurer of OUSS, the world's oldest student scientific society, founded in 1882. As well as coordinating team activities and liasing with the committee and members, I am responsible for inviting internationally-renowned scientists to share their knowledge with us in the form of seminars. I am committed to ensuring that talks remain open to the general public, in keeping with our mission statement, "for the public dissemination of science". I also maintain the Facebook page (>200,000 likes).

2011-2013 and Jul 2017-present

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Freelance Writing

I write science-based magazine articles for technical audiences. I have a regular column, Organic Matter, in the Royal Society of Chemistry's magazine Chemistry World. See all my articles here. Please contact me for my proofreading and copy-editing rates.

Mar 2017-present

SCI Young Chemists' Panel

I am a committee member of the Society of Chemical Industry Young Chemists' Panel, which organizes conferences and training events for pure and applied synthetic chemists.

Apr 2018-present

One Million Women to Tech

One Million Women to Tech's mission is to offer free coding education to a million women by 2020. I am a volunteer for their 2018 Summer of Tech, working on global marketing and contributing my editing skills.

May 2018-present