Emilia is a RSCiTech Science Technician and a STEM ambassador. She completed her studies in Italy where she gained a Bachelor degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Microbiology and Virology. Emilia used to work as a Medical Microbiologist in hospitals in Italy and the UK, including the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham and the John Radcliffe in Oxford.

A few years ago Emilia decided to change her career and started working in Education, as a Laboratory Technician. At the moment she works at Sancton Wood School in Cambridge where she supports Physics, Biology and Chemistry and also she is involved in STEM clubs and activities for the primary school.

Along with her lab tech role, Emilia is also a STEM ambassador so she can promote science among the youngsters: she does hands-on workshops in local primary schools and she is always keen to take part in STEM events and projects.

Emilia is also on Instagram with the science page @emilia.science, where she posts videos and pictures of the experiments; the page has become quite popular and she has already collaborated with several science pages.

Emilia’s mission is to inspire the kids and make them passionate about science and willing to take science careers; she also actively supports the role of women in science and values such as equality and diversity in science.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

No

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

No

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Both

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Savory

7 Do you speak any other languages?

Italian is my mother tongue

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

artist

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

forensic science

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

tropical isle

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

heal people

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

read The Prophet by K. Gibran

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

I would like to have a picnic on the beach

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

my family, my friends, my lab

15 What beverage gives you life?

coffee with milk

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

not one in particular

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

a scientist!

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

the excitement and amazement in the kids’ eyes

19 What got you excited in science?

the chance to understand what surrounds us and the possibility to help other people

20 What excites you about science now?

the feeling when everything works and you have good results

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

crisps and peanut butter

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I have good cooking skills

23 What is your favorite game?

cluedo

24 What is the last book you read?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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

believe in yourself

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

roller coaster

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

don’t let anyone tell you what you can do

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

shopping and coffee with friends

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Lost

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

a bottle of a chemical

31 What is your favorite animal?

elephant

32 What is your favorite book?

The Prophet by k. Gibran

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

crisps

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

my daughters’ birthday

35 What is your favorite plant?

all the colorful ones

36 What is your favorite science fact?

it takes only 10 muscles to smile

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

vanilla

39 What is your favorite sound?

the whale sound

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

my sense of humor

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

passion

42 What is your proudest moment?

when i got my degrees

43 What kind of tree would you be?

cherry

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

the countryside

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I am extremely tidy

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

@robbietheprince