Jessica Stanley is an e-textile researcher with a background in physics, maker education and art+science projects. Currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Engineering at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, her research explores ways to integrate flexible electronics into textiles, to make reliable smart clothing for medical and sport applications.
In 2018 Jessica took part in Fabricademy at TextileLab Amsterdam, which was an all-round great experience that allowed her to explore her interest in e-textiles, and was a critical step towards starting her research career. She is passionate about lowering barriers to participation in science and technology, and is happy to now be a shemakes ambassador, supporting women in the textile industry.
Jessica also has experience working in maker education, both in her home city of Dublin and in Amsterdam. Her work has included coordinating a small makerspace in Dublin, running a popup makerspace in Belfast for the Northern Ireland Science Festival, and running workshops on electronics and crafts with thousands of young people, school groups and families. She has also worked on interdisciplinary art+science exhibitions at Science Gallery Dublin, and has an MSc in Experimental Physics from Utrecht University and a BA in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College Dublin.