Martina Bodner. Photo provided by Martina Bodner
Martina Bodner. Photo provided by Martina Bodner

Martina is a high school science teacher and a third year PhD student in Food Chemistry. Her research deals with the application of spectroscopy and spectrometry in quality control and authenticity analysis. She has a science communication blog Her aim is to make science accessible to everyone. She write posts regarding the latest scientific papers in the field of food science and motherhood.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?


4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

Besides English, also Italian (my mothertongue) and German

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Interior Designer

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?


10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?


11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

To be invisible

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

“The Danish way of parenting” for all the people somehow involved in educating children

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Beer and book(s)

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

My daughter, my partner, my brother (they are not things, but I love people, not objects)

15 What beverage gives you life?

A glass of good Lagrein

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

The Dubliners

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

A Biotechnologist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

To be an example for my daughter and other girls

19 What got you excited in science?

The possibility to discover things, to use my imagination and creativity every day

20 What excites you about science now?

Same as when I was younger

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Rhum and dark chocolate

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

To think positive every day

23 What is your favorite game?


24 What is the last book you read?

“What if” by Randall Munroe

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Be resilient

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?


27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Everything will be OK.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Yoga and silence

29 What is the last thing you watched?


30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?


31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

“What is life” Schrödinger

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

1st of January

35 What is your favorite plant?

Arabidopsis thaliana

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Black holes

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Isopropanol (don’t smell it, please!)

39 What is your favorite sound?


40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I love what my brain allows me to do

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

scheißegal (in German)

42 What is your proudest moment?

Every time I make tough choices for my happiness

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Oak tree

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?


45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I have a huge dragon tattoo on my back

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Vakare Merkyte