Jubilee, Tree Time and right on cue. A little poem…


Extra free time.
It’s tree time.
At teatime,
A bit of family and me time.
©Julie Charlesworth, 2022

Why not ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’?

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 29/5/22

[On cue* – a collage of snapshots I took of Trees in Kew Gardens a few years back and included in a post here in 2017. Must go again soon!]
*pun intended 😊

A season for new beginnings.

It is a season for new beginnings and here again this year, our little feathered friends have returned to nest in the bird house. Meanwhile, the garden is bright with the vibrant colours of rhododendrons 😊.

Garden birds and flowers

[I took the bird snapshot after waiting patiently at a distance from inside the garden room of my ‘human’ house – so as not to disturb these regular visitors. They seem happy to return to the simple, safe accommodation we provided.]

I am feeling appreciative of some of the simple joys of nature close to home.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 22/5/22

Happy International Clinical Trials Day!

It is International Clinical Trials Day – so just a few words to say there is much to celebrate in this area, particularly today! Thinking about the achievements resulting from clinical research.

– Thankful to all the people involved in clinical trials, particularly participants.

– Appreciating the dedicated work of professionals conducting and monitoring clinical trials; people researching new methods; researchers collaborating internationally.

– Pausing to reflect on the value of international clinical trials past and present.

Thinking about the future…

In the fields of clinical trial design, conduct, and reporting – we should celebrate the good and be critical of the bad/flawed. We need to continually seek to improve efficiency and standards.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 20/5/22

[This date in May is chosen because it also ‘commemorates the day when James Lind started his famous clinical trial on scurvy in 1747, May 20th, and laid the foundation for modern clinical research.’]

MedComms, international medical publication professionals and medical writers.

Great to see MedComms, international medical publication professionals and medical writers engaging within their communities in conversations and discussions on what there is to be learned from the covid pandemic years. People have been working very hard in these fields. There is also much work to be done!

We should look positively to the future. Time to get on with making it a better future.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 12/5/22

[Link to message early in the pandemic]

Proud of my registered company name and logo.

A Tree of Life Sciences®. I am proud of my registered company name and logo which I protect whenever necessary.

Logo | A Tree of Life Sciences Ltd
Through these themes I can continue to contribute to my mission to Inform, Improve and Inspire particularly in Life Sciences and health research; but also, in life and sciences more generally. My communications include papers, post, and poems.

Transcending borders and boundaries in subject and scope.

Global, national, and local projects or perspectives.

Project consultancy and communications. Life Sciences, Clinical and Health Research.

What a great time to be involved in research and communications!

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 30/4/22

[Serious with a creative flair. There is also a distinctive business card for A Tree of Life Sciences® which has been in circulation internationally and locally for many years. It continues to uniquely capture the essence of my company, my work and mission. Still loving the colour too.]

Moods, perspectives and plans.

2/4/22. Life feels grey and gloomy particularly in the news, but here’s hoping there may be light and blue skies to come. To new horizons.

A photo I took on 2 April 2022, that captures a moment and a mood.
To brighter times and a better future.

17/4/2022. Looking forward to walking through a ‘sea’ of bluebells soon. Life doesn’t always go to plan and sometimes we must just try and make the best of a situation and use our imagination…

Bluebell woods and me
Photo taken in May 2019 in a bluebell wood near to home in the UK. That’s me in the photo enjoying a magical moment in Nature’s Garden and a spot of ‘tree bathing’.

Getting out in Nature and a good dose of fresh air can help.

I hope it’s going to plan for you and if not, perhaps change the plans to try and stay positive.
Take care.
Happy holidays!

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 17/4/22

26/4/22 Update.
Home Sweet Home! Finally, home after my original plans to be back in the UK with family for the holidays were thwarted by covid. It’s still around – we need to take care of ourselves and others; and behave responsibly. Proceeding with caution. Take care.

Science transcends borders and boundaries.

Science transcends borders and boundaries. Collaboration is important in science. Open access to information is preferable. Truthful communication and transparent reporting are essential.

Integrity is key!

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 20/03/22

A few thoughts on International Women’s Day 2022.

For International Women’s Day let’s pause for thought. From a moment of reflection* now it is time for thoughts to the future. What kind of world do we want for future generations?

I am feeling a sense of humility.

In troubling times we can see the worst and the best of humanity.

Having recently welcomed a third grandchild I am reminded of the strength and resilience of women in particular new mothers.

To all the amazing women in many different fields who I feel proud to know. The very visible people and the quieter people all doing their bit in troubling times in a complex world.

Here’s to resilience, hope and positivity.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 08/03/22

(* See the link to my previous IWD blog ‘A moment for reflection’)

An excellent experience at World Expo.

I had the opportunity to visit Expo 2020 during my recent visit to Dubai and I am excited to share some of my snapshots and observations. The original start date having been delayed by a year due to the Covid–19 pandemic could now proceed for 6 months from October 2021 to 31 March 2022, providing the world with some much-needed messages of happiness, resilience, hope and positivity.

World Expos occur every 5 years and this is the first ever to be held in the Middle East. Around 192 countries are represented. There are three core themes – namely Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity. The motto of Expo Dubai is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

Some snapshots and highlights from a day’s visit to the Dubai Expo.

Welcome and Dubai Expo map

There is fun for all the family and for grown-ups, kids, or grandkids alike. For example: Featured in these snapshots are the enchanting ball pool experience in the Hungary pavilion; the Petit Prince theme in the France pavilion; the popular Water Feature outdoors.
Fun at Expo Dubai

Country Pavilions
Dubai Expo includes pavilions where different countries showcase their achievements in arts, culture, sciences, and business.

An impressive example is the UAE pavilion:

I was particularly drawn to the theme of Open Access to knowledge.
Open Access UAE pavilion

It was interesting to learn more about cutting edge research and innovative approaches in the UAE.
Research and innovation UAE

The vision and dreams for a better world were inspirational from a historical perspective and, also continued as a theme for the future.
Vision and dreams UAE pavilion

In summary, of course this short report is just a snippet of what there is to see and experience at the Dubai Expo. Combining a family outing with business and professional curiosity, and with young grandchildren in tow, our small family group made the most of a day visit from 10am to 4pm. We walked 10km! My only regret was I didn’t get to go back, spend more time there and explore more of the many exhibitions and events on offer.

Finally, to close here is a photo at dusk in Dubai.

Dusk in Dubai

If you get the chance, I recommend a visit to the Dubai Expo.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 21/02/22

Rhubarb Rhubarb. Content Counts in Communications.

Content counts in communications – as illustrated in this short verse, a parody of meaningless content. In many arenas including science communications (and also of course in politics) we often hear the same old same old same old words, and they can merge into background crowd noise. Indeed, people may stop listening. I am posting this thought with a verse and a dollop of healthy scepticism to make a point 😉.

(A verse to be read aloud)

Rhubarb …

Rhubarb Rhubarb.


Rhubarb Rhubarb Rhubarb.

Rhubarb Rhubarb Rhubarb.

Rhubarb Rhubarb.


©Julie Charlesworth 2021

N.B. In theatre and film there is a practice of actors saying the word rhubarb repetitively to mimic the sound of indistinct conversation.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 16/02/22