Jemma Rowlandson

Favourite Thing: Saving the World! It’s a tough job, but I love it. I am one of the many scientists researching ways to make the human race more sustainable.



Cranbourne School, Basingstoke (2002-2007), Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke (2007-2009), University of Southampton (2009-2013), University of Bath


A-levels (Chemistry, Physics, Maths and History), Masters degree in Chemistry from Southampton, and Master of Research degree from Bath

Work History:

Lots of places! I did an internship this summer at a science outreach companny called Graphic Science. I did a placement during my Chemistry degree at a company called Merck Chemicals (they make materials for flatscreen and 3D-TVs). I’ve also worked as a swimming teacher, a lifeguard and in a keyboard factory.

Current Job:

PhD Student


University of Bristol

About Me

PhD student, Taylor Swift fan, maker of activated carbons.

My Work

My Typical Day

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Friendly, optimistic, sarcastic.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Taylor Swift!! Her music makes working in a lab really fun :)

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Research abroad :) I’ve been around the world to do research, from America to Singapore!

What did you want to be after you left school?

I wanted to be an Astronomer, I just loved stars, planets and anything space related.

Were you ever in trouble at school?

I was generally pretty good. Though one time my best friend and I were doing our best James Bond impression in the school corridors. We jumped around a corner with our hands like a gun…only to come face to face with the headteacher. She was not very happy about that.

What was your favourite subject at school?

When I started school it was PE but that changed to science in my last year.

My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

Watching the Chrismtas Lecture screening in Mayfair and hearing a cow mooing outside at frequent intervals.

Tell us a joke.

My fave cracker joke: What do you call a penguin in the Sahara desert? Lost!

Other stuff

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