Frances Cheesman

Project Coordinator (BBSRC Professional Internship for PhD Students)

  • Frances Cheesman

    Frances Cheesman


Frances is responsible for the day-to-day running of a project assessing the educational value of the Ri channel. This project involves collating qualitative and quantitative data from the Ri YouTube channel and the Ri channel website.


Frances graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2010 with a degree in Zoology before completing an MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London in 2012. Frances then decided to focus on below ground communities in agricultural systems which led her to beginning a PhD in molecular microbial ecology based at Rothamsted Research in 2012 (awarded by the University of Reading). Currently, she is halfway through her PhD research and has taken 3 months away from her studies to gain experience outside of research to work with the Ri Channel team.

Scientific Inspiration

The natural world. Early on I was fascinated with how the natural world works and wanted to know more about the interactions between different species. This led me to study Zoology at university and look more closely at ecology and the huge number of interactions taking place below ground.

Favourite demo

Definitely the Levitating Superconductor on a Möbius strip from the 2012 CHRISTMAS LECTURES. It just looks really cool!

Best thing about the Ri

Science communication is truly at the heart of the Ri and the enthusiasm about science from all the people who work here is infectious. It has such an impressive and rich history that it is difficult to not be humbled.


Follow Frances on Twitter: @Miss_FrancesC