PODCAST #9 – Basildon Street Science: Curiosity is Everywhere

The Essex 2020 podcast

In this series, we go behind the scenes of the UK’s biggest celebration of science and creativity.  In each episode, Essex 2020 project director Richard Freeman meets some of the brilliant people and organisations who are working to create, inspire and discover Essex’s past, present and future. 

In this episode: Dr Hephzi Tagoe from Basildon Street Science / ghScientific



Dr Hephzi Tagoe is a research scientist, educationist, STEM communicator and social entrepreneur. She is the founding director of GhScientific and a freelance science writer as well as running a learning centre in Basildon.

In 2014, she received a national science communication award for her work in engaging underserved communities with science. In 2017 she received a highly commended women in science award and that same year she was nominated as a finalist in the outstanding STEM ambassador category of the national STEM inspiration awards.

Hephzi was won multiple awards for her role as a science communicator, and was named by the Financial Times in 2018 as one of the most influential people of colour in UK tech. She serves as the regional chair for the Beds, Essex and Herts branch of the Royal Society of Biology and organises the annual Basildon Street Science festival.

Richard Freeman talks to Hephzi about science and creative communication, taking experiments into community spaces and the visibility of female and minority ethnic role models in Essex’s science story.


Dr Hephzi Tagoe is a perfect example of a pioneering Essex woman. Do YOU know any incredible women in Essex? If so we’d love to hear from you.

Read our story to find out how to nominate your #PioneeringEssexWomen and they might be in with the chance (if they want to, of course) to be photographed by professional photographer Mark Massey as part of his Essexism project.


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Essex 2020 is an Essex Partners initiative. This is an always possible podcast.

The interviewer was Richard Freeman for always possible and the producer was Chris Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts