Hannah Little smells of libraries, she drinks far too much tea and, on occasion, wine. She spent her formative years in Stockton-on-Tees in the North-East of England and as a result sounds a bit like a Geordie (you probably shouldn’t point this out to her though). She is currently lost in Brussels doing a PhD under Bart de Boer as part of the ABACUS project. She has an MSc in The Evolution of Language and Cognition from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in English Language and Linguistics form the University of York. Her favourite language is Hungarian. She self identifies as a ‘geek’, not only in the modern sense of the word: “One who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality”, but also the former meaning of: “A carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken, bat, snake or bugs.” (She’s a vegetarian really).
Outside of Language Evolution, Hannah spent some time working full-time in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (the only place in the world where she doesn’t get called a Geordie) in the vague field of Science Communication. She endeavours to stay an active member and contributor of the public engagement community and so far her attempts have included blogging, stand-up comedy, starting SciScreen in the North East of England, writing for EuSci, working in the press office at the British Science Festival, taking part in “I’m a Scientist Get me out of here”, conducting various workshops and festival events including “Science Pirates”, running a bike disco for the BBC’s Mr Bloom’s nursery, volunteering at Greenlight for Girls and the European Gender Summit in Brussels and promoting coding skills in younger people, especially girls, in the interests of encouraging gender equality in the sciences.
Email: hannah at ai dot vub dot ac dot be
Academic Webpage including publications, presentations and the like: https://ai.vub.ac.be/members/hannah-little
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