Aina Roca Barcelo
EducationUniversity Autonomous of Barcelona (Spain)
QualificationsBachelor’s Degree in Biomedicine / Master’s Program in Health Promotion
Work HistoryWhen I was 16 until 19 years old I worked as roller-skater trainer ⛸🛹. While studying my university years, I was working in a cancer laboratory in Bergen (Norway), and then one year in a Cancer Registry in Girona (Spain). And now it has been 2 years since I moved to London to work in Environmental Health at Imperial College
Current JobResearch Assistant in Epidemiology
Favourite thing to do in my job: Coding and mapping
About Me: Science lover /Traveller/ Adventurous / Bookworm
I live in Paddington (and yes, sometimes I go for a cup of tea ☕ with Paddington bear and Mrs Brown). I live in a really bright and nice flat with two friends and a lot of flowers and plants 🌿🌺🌸🌴🌳🌼🌲(maybe I should call it jungle instead of flat!? 🤔).
I love climbing things (just like a monkey🐒) as much as I love travelling and knowing other cultures. This is why, whenever I have a few days free, I go on adventures to explore new places 🗻🏕🏞🌅and do some CLIMBING🧗♀️!
My Work: I investigate how characteristics of the environment, like changes due to climate change, have an effect on people's health
My Typical Day: I look at information about the quality of the air, changes in temperature or increased number of flooding for example, and the health of the people and try to see if they are related
First and foremost, a strong morning coffee ☕ and some chocolate to energize me for the day!
Then, I usually spend the morning organizing meetings, answering emails and writing comments or articles. Most days, I also meet with my colleagues to discuss some projects and share ideas. It is really interesting to listen to what they think and together we try to make the project better! Teamwork at its best!💪
I often spend the afternoon doing the fun part which is analysing the data. This are thousands and thousands of lines of information, both about the environment and people’s health. I spend time investigating the data and trying to find the best way to analyse it. Sometimes I feel a bit like Sherlock Holmes🕵️♀️).
Ohh and let’s not forget about the ARTY bit! 🎨Despite most people think that science is not artistic they are wrong! I spend a lot of time getting creative on how to show my results in a fun and interesting way. This includes drawing maps and fun plots (some of them 3D!).
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious. Adventurous. Perfectionist.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Jane Goodall - a strong, incredibly smart, passionate, committed woman and a ecology activist. Definitely a role model!
What was your favourite subject at school?
Natural Sciences - I loved learning about animals, plants, planets...
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes... as I said I love climbing things so... I may have climbed a tree (or a few) when I was told not to! Ups
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I would love to be a mountain guide🏔 and spent all my time outdoors. Otherwise, a painter🎨"... Wait, why not both!?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Pink - She showed the world that girls don't necessarily need to be delicate princesses to succeed, they just need to be (and to love) THEMSELVES!
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Skydiving (I told you, love seeing things from above!)
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Worry less and act more / Spend more time with my beloved ones / Do more the things I love
Tell us a joke.
I was reading a book on helium, and I couldn't put it down!