Stina Börchers new blogger in Curie

English 2020-10-13

She blogs about why and how scientists should use social media för science communication. Stina Börchers is a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg and is working on the neuroscience of feeding behavior and energy expenditure. In her spare time she likes to take long walks to explore Sweden´s nature and cities.

What is your research area?
I am working on the neuroscience of feeding behavior and energy expenditure, as well as anxiety at the University of Gothenburg.

How did you become interested in the topic?
Eating is an omni-present part of our lives, we all need to eat to fuel our body with energy and the building blocks it needs. However, many individuals suffer from conditions related to pathological eating behavior, like often seen in obesity. The individual burden of those affected is heavy and comorbidities with anxiety and depression indicate that the signaling involved in the regulation of food intake is complex and might go beyond just influencing appetite and satiety.

In general, I have always been interested in affective disorders such as depression and anxiety. I discovered feeding behavior as an interesting research topic due to my own recovery from binge eating disorder and found my (now) PI through the advertisement of an upcoming talk in Germany.

What do you prefer to do in your spare time?
After work I like to work on my scientific outreach via social media (mainly Instagram: @stina.biologista) and prepare posts on different topics related or unrelated to my own research. In addition, I like to bring a little bit light into the whole academic journey by sharing my everyday life as a PhD student and giving tips on everything related to university.

As a first-generation university student (#firstgen) I would have liked to access this information when I started university and I believe others can benefit from the things I have learned along the way. I have started this ‘hobby’ in the end of 2016, so one was basically able to follow me from my bachelor in biology, through my master in neuroscience, to the PhD position that I started this year.

When I am not busy talking science on my phone, I like to enjoy Sweden’s nature and cities. There is barely a weekend I don’t take a long walk to explore a new area.

What was the last book you read?
Terry Goodkind – The Sword of Truth.

What are you going to blog about?
My main topic will be why and how to mobilize social media as a means for science communication, as well as the reason we need scientists doing science communication/science outreach, too.

What are your expectations of blogging in the Curie?
I am glad to be able to blog for Curie! I hope to inspire some researchers to also get in touch with the public and network via social media.

Text: Peter Tillhammar