Welcome to Thoughtscapism! This is a blog on science, creativity, environment, health, fiction, and other various landscapes of my thoughts.
My name is Iida Ruishalme. I am a biologist specialising in biomedical research, a science communicator, and a fiction writer. My pieces have been published at Food and Farm Discussion Lab, Genetic Literacy Project, Biofortified, Mothers for Nuclear, Medium publications The Method and Generation Atomic, as well as the cultural journal The Woolf and the Finnish newspaper Aamulehti.
I am a Finn by birth and have a Master’s degree from Sweden. I have work experience from environmental chemistry, diabetes research, pharmaceutical bio-bank labs, and lab robotics. I am a co-author of four scientific papers in the fields of insulin cell signalling and immunology. Nowadays I live in Switzerland with my husband and two little children. My experiences of a lack of good science understanding by the public has sparked an interest in science communication. This blog is where I try to make sense of the world in a way I hope may also be useful to others.
I have given the following presentations on the topics I write about here:
- Do we fear the right things? A talk and a quiz as a representative of The Finnish Ecomodernists at a Finnish debate fair Pori Areena in July 2018.
- Navigating the Risk Landscape with neuroscientist Dr Alison Bernstein at Society for Risk Analysis conference in New Orleans December 2018.
- Why do I care about nuclear power? (video) I was invited to share about my grassroots support of nuclear in connection to Michael Shellenberger’s presentation: Why Humans Need Nuclear Power, at AtomExpo in Sochi April 2019.
- Presentation on green skepticism and applying critical thinking to energy policy at the European Skeptics Congress in Ghent, Belgium, August 2019. There’s also a European Skeptics podcast on the topic.
- I was invited to participate as a panelist at OECD Nuclear Energy Agency’s Radiological Risk Communication Workshop in Paris, September 2019.
- I held a webinar for Society for Risk Analysis on risk communication on social media (available for SRA members) in December 2019 together with Dr Alison Bernstein.
- Next up: I’ve been invited to give input at an international conference of the radiological regulatory community to critically discuss findings and lessons in Emergency Preparedness, in Switzerland 4-5th of March.
- I’ve been invited to the Aspen Global Congress on Scientific Thinking and Action in Rome in March 2020.
I recently realised how closely I am following in my grandmother’s footsteps. She died when I was little, but left behind a life’s work in diverse areas of journalism, with pioneering contributions to popularisation of medical sciences – more on that in: A Tribute to My Grandmother.
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I am active on Facebook over at my page Thoughtscapism, where I post about topics I find interesting, often on a daily or weekly basis. I can also be found on Twitter, I keep a collection of my infographics on Pinterest, and periodically answer science questions on Quora.
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