Gemma Milne | Birmingham Chair

Gemma Milne | Birmingham Chair

Title: Technology & Science Journalist

Company: Forbes, Science: Disrupt, WEF, EC

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Gemma Milne is a young Scottish science and technology writer and podcaster, whose work, across many industries, has been published by the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, Offscreen magazine, Singularity Hub, the Drum, Adweek and Quartz. 

She is the Deep Tech and Science Start-up Contributor for Forbes Europe and a co-founder of Science: Disrupt – a media outlet covering advances in science start-ups, research processes and industries such as space, energy, health and advanced computing. Gemma works with the World Economic Forum as one of their Global Shapers, and is also a scientific advisor to the European Commission, helping them decide which scientific innovations should be funded with government money. 

Gemma is on the Innovation Juries for SXSW and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, she has delivered keynote addresses at SXSW, TEDx, WPP Stream, Cannes Lions and Dubai Lynx. Her TEDx talk ‘Why Everyone Should Care Why the Sky is Blue’ has been held up as a great example of public communication of the internal struggles in academia, and even influenced the creation of a start-up focusing on opening up scientific knowledge to all. 

She has won many awards in the technology, science and start-up space including Best Start-up Founder at the FDM everywoman in Technology awards 2018, and Best Future Leader at the Tech Leader Awards from Information Age in 2017, and she was a finalist in the IPSE Freelancer of the Year awards. 

Gemma studied Maths at St Andrews, and has worked in advertising, investment banking, door-to-door sales and mental health – affording her a broad viewpoint incorporating both the technological and social angles in everything she investigates.

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