Algologies Conversation: From Victorian Seaweed Collectors to Women in Science Today

Reflecting on the life and work of the Brighton-based Victorian algologist Mary Philadelphia Merrifield (1804 – 1884), a pioneering female scientist who published in many leading publications, and Fanny Hesse, the woman behind the use of agar in microbiology. I wanted to explore the situation for women in science today and the benefits of diversity in the field. I spoke to healthcare scientists Jane Freeman and Kerrie Davies about their experiences and views.