• Dr A Bashir

00 Welcome

My name is Asma (pronouced ess-ma, not az-ma or ohs-ma :p) and I'm finishing up my PhD in Neuroscience - or at least trying to. I have an undoubted passion for innovative science, and for making that science accessible through knowledge translation. That's partly why I wanted to create this platform, Her Royal Science (Her Sci). Her Sci is an interview-format podcast that will do two things:

1. Introduce you to some phenomenal individuals pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM);

2. Expose a world familiar to some, but unknown to many, with the great hope that minorities in STEM don't feel alone in their experiences in academia, and importantly, others can be made aware of the experiences of their peers.

A few people have asked me why I decided to call the podcast 'Her Royal Science'. Well, for one, it's a play on the title 'Her Royal Highness', and my name (أسمى ) means 'exalted' in Arabic. I'm also a (neuro)scientist. Et voila! Her Royal Science was born. The underlying inspiration behind the podcast was the sentiment of under-representation that I felt and continue to feel every time I’m in my laboratory, in my research centre, or at a conference. Being an ethnic and religious minority has made me a strong ally, and therefore very sympathetic, to others and their minority status. STEM inclusion of people of colour is crucial, and I also wish to call attention to the under-representation of the LGBTQ+ and disabled communities. Each episode will feature an individual in STEM where a major theme is discussed, in a largely casual, but meaningful, manner. I'm hopeful that this platform will teach me about the experiences of others, in turn allowing me to learn about myself.

I hope you will join me on this journey of learning and self-discovery.

Peace and blessings,