Gemma Milne

Gemma Milne


Gemma is a Scottish creative science nerd obsessed with tech, design, Irn Bru and pi. She is a Writer & Podcaster, Forbes contributor and freelance writer for The Guardian, Singularity Hub, The Drum, Adweek, Imperica & Ogilvydo, covering science, tech, culture and politics.

Gemma is also Co-Founder of Science: Disrupt – an organisation connecting the innovators, iconoclasts & entrepreneurs intent on creating change in science. Science: Disrupt produces podcasts, events and editorial, and has brought together a large community (both on and off-line) of brilliant thinkers and do-ers. They focus on biotech, energy, space, health, advanced computing & changing the way we do academic research.

Gemma is an International speaker having delivered keynotes at SXSW, TEDx, WPP Stream, Cannes Lions and Dubai Lynx and works with the World Economic Forum as one of their Global Shapers.

Gemma is currently training for her pilot’s license and previously, she was the Tech Innovation Strategist at Ogilvy Labs.

Photo credit: George Gottlieb


Gemma Milne @gemmamilne

A note on this - the awesome folk at @DataLabScotland made this possible by *actually* welcoming me as a mum: partner and baby in a supplied hotel room upstairs; encouraging me to go check in during breaks...etc. As it should be, of course, but worth acknowledging!

Feels good to be back to work! Both in-person and post-baby 🙌

Looking forward to chatting with @TheQuadram PhD lot later!

Really enjoyed the discussion @GemmaMilne has with Joe Cain here on the #WeAreSTS podcast - on the concept of hype, why its useful to think about and spot, and also, especially, Gemma's negotiation of her interests & own sense of identity (which resonated)

Was really thrilled to chat to @profjoecain for the @stsucl podcast all about ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ after it was selected as the 2021 #STS1Book!

This is super interesting!

‼️URGENT‼️MISSING PERSON CALL - my friend and classmate has been missing for a week. If you’re Scotland based, particularly Glasgow area please keep your eyes peeled! Spread the word and share please!

This country is held hostage by a class of bums, who expect working people to finance their lifestyles while contributing nothing to society.

They’re called “landlords”. And it’s time to tax them til the pips squeak.

My favourite thing about this story, beyond the whole lol-computers-are-stupid, is that the number plate is meant to read ‘Knighter’ not ‘knitter’

I just watched The Goldfinch - I’m not really one for caring about movies but my god guys I absolutely loved it. Just googled it to see if critics agreed with me and I see we clearly watched different films..?!

This glorious piece on the politics of science writing by @_danielle_carr so perfectly summarises my disdain and frustration with #scicomm and popular science I am almost (/very) angry I didn't write it myself:

Linked: @geoffmulgan @TheNewInstitute on exploratory social sciences - whilst I'm uneasy about the inspiration from behavioural econ / design / futurists, the points about abstraction and critique are spot on. And 'options reviews' - great!

This is absolutely crackers. @BBCNews should be ashamed. An 'investigation' that essentially amounts to accusing the UK's largest LGBTQ+ organisation of being nefarious for... carrying out its brief in combatting discrimination against LGBTQ+ communities.

Ok folks. Got a big event coming up for #cop26, exploring how we can deliver a #justtransition in Scotland & beyond. Keen we don't overlook leading commentators on the subject.

So please hit me up with some of your suggestions on the leading minds on a just transition. Thanks 🙏

Ok yes Piranesi is incredible.

Will robots take your job? Book now to find out!
Gemma Milne's take on hype is all about ethics @gemmamilne

Did anyone tell them that Sajid Javid wants them to babysit the grandkids?

"We should instead recognise that allowing a rapacious company to design and own critical infrastructure with zero accountability is the worst of all possible options."

Facebook's vast control over access is an argument against its existence, new by me:

Complete list of people who want Facebook to continue to exist at its scale:
1. Mark Zuckerberg
2. Nick Clegg
3. Some other Facebook staff
4. Former Facebook staff and Silicon Valley insiders who have moved on to found nonprofits with names like “The Better Internet Project”