The women science YouTubers to follow in 2017

A number of inspiring and enthusiastic women scientists are taking to YouTube to share their passion for science with the world. DiscovHER rounds up five educational (and entertaining) YouTube channels to follow in 2017.

1. BrainCraft


Vanessa Hill is a science educator and film maker from Australia. She created the YouTube channel BrainCraft, which features videos on the workings of – you guessed it – the brain! In a collection of short, informative videos, Vanessa explains a range of psychological and biological phenomena, such as how memory works, why we feel lonely or how sugar affects the brain. Best of all, she manages to explain complex processes in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. Her channel has attracted over 335,000 subscribers and her videos have been viewed over 15 million times.


In this video, which features L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate and Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn, Vanessa explains how the manipulation of telomeres may allow us to prevent aging.



2. Amoeba Sisters


Amoeba Sisters is the YouTube channel of Pinky and Petunia, two single-celled amoebas with a passion for cellular biology. Written, animated and voiced by Sarina Peterson and Brianna Rapini, two sisters from Texas, these quirky cartoon cells explain everything from enzymes and biomolecules to natural selection and gene expression. Aimed at a high school audience (one of the sisters is a high school teacher), Amoeba Sisters make cellular biology fun and engaging.


Here are Pinky and Petunia explaining different types of cells and their component parts.



3. Brilliant Botany


Did you know that sunflowers are actually made up of hundreds or even thousands of tiny flowers called florets? Or that roses have been around for much longer than humans? These are the sorts of discoveries you can make on the Brilliant Botany YouTube channel, hosted by Claire Hopkins. Concise and informative, Claire’s videos are essential viewing for anyone with a love for the natural world.


Watch Claire tell the story of roses:



4. Alex Dainis


A doctoral student in genetics at the University of Stanford, Alex Dainis is also an enthusiastic science communicator. She initially created Bite Sci-zed, a weekly science series that tackles a variety of scientific questions in 3-minute-long chunks. Her channel has now expanded to cover a variety of topics, mostly focusing on her life as a grad student in a laboratory, but she also explores the challenges faced by women scientists.

In this video, Alex explains the CRISPR-Cas-9 technology and its uses.



5. Vintage Space


Created and hosted by Amy Shira Teitel, and attracting over 100,000 subscribers, the YouTube channel Vintage Space explores almost every aspect of space flight history. From explaining to why we can’t see stars from the moon to how airplanes and space shuttles fly, Amy provides a comprehensive and animated guide to a number of intriguing space exploration questions.


If you ever wanted to know about the best kind of rocket fuel to use to propel a shuttle to another planet, Amy is here to help:



Can you think of any other YouTubers we should know about? Share your thoughts @4womeninscience.

L’Oréal–UNESCO
For Women in Science

Before downloading this file

We confirm that the use of the Contents provided on this website is strictly for editorial purposes only.

We understand and confirm that any use, reproduction or representation of the Content provided on the Site (in whole or in part) or of the elements which comprise it, for commercial purposes whatsoever, is not authorized and violations in this regard shall invite strict legal action as per applicable laws & regulations.

We understand and confirm that the right to use the Content is on non-exclusive, non-transferable basis.

We hereby confirm that all information/statements/certificate in this database are provided without any warranty, express or implied, as to their legal effect, completeness and effects of any transaction under process may not be completely reflected.

We hereby confirm that all information/statements/certificate should be used in accordance with applicable laws. Use of information/statements/certificate shall be at my/ our own risk and L’OREAL shall not be responsible for the same.

We do hereby confirm that by using this Site, I/we am/are deemed to have accepted these Terms of Use without reserve.

I agree to the terms of use

Download

Cancel