Stuff that Matters with women in STEM

During this period of social distancing and home working we want to stay connected to our community of women in STEM, as such, we thought the best way to do that would be to speak to incredible women working in STEM

With the help of the Royal Society of Edinburgh we have interviewed a series of women to discuss the things that effect our everyday life and talk about how their work is literally changing the world we live in. Hence the title, The Stuff That Matters.

Join us to hear about the science behind heavy periods, how sharks are part of the global effort to find a vaccination to COVID 19 and how technology is advancing dementia care.

#StuffThatMatters - In conversation with Dr. Jackie Maybin
#StuffThatMatters - In conversation with Dr. Caroline Barelle


For our first episode we speak to Dr. Jackie Maybin, Gynaecologist and Researcher at the University of Edinburgh. Jackie studies menstruation (aka periods) with the aim of improving treatments for problematic periods and preventing their occurrence. Jackie and her team have a particular interest in the cause of heavy menstrual bleeding, a condition that has a severe negative impact on the quality of life of many women. In this episode Jackie explains why heavy periods occur and how they can be treated. We spoke about overcoming the stigma of periods that still exists today as well as touching on why research into women’s reproductive health has not always been a research priority. For more info on research into menstruation visit


Dr. Caroline Barelle is the CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of Elasmogen, an Aberdeen based bio pharmaceutical company. Elasmogen develops antibody like molecules called soleMERS, to treat autoimmune, inflammatory diseases, cancer and currently COVID – 19. Join us as we speak to Caroline about the science behind COVID – 19 and why sharks may help us fight against it, as well as what some of the benefits of taking a side step in your career can be and how doing exactly that led to Caroline leading a global pharmaceutical company.


Pooja Jain is the co- founder of CogniHealth a company that aims to transform the experience of people living with dementia, both patients and their carers’. The app was developed following a conversation with a man who cared for his wife suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and aims to support families to identify what type of support currently exists. For more information on CogniHealth and support for caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia visit:


This week we speak to Glasgow based astrophysicist, and aerospace engineer Naziyah Mahmood. In this episode Naziyah take us out of this world (pun intended) to discuss how space and climate change are more interlinked than you may think while also discussing the importance of diversity in engineering and the work she does with Scottish Engineering to embed change in Scotland’s engineering industry.