Sofia Qvarfort

Hi there! My name is Sofia - welcome to my page! I'm currently working on my PhD in quantum physics while enjoying life in London. Aside from thinking about physics all day, I play the piano, sing in a choir and play videogames. Below you will find all my recent blog entries. Enjoy! 

I am diagnosed with albinism and see about 15%. For my undergraduate degree, I studied theoretical physics at Imperial College London. 

December 2, 2018

Being a parent can be very challenging, sometimes even more so when a child is visually impaired. For example, parents to visually impaired child might worry about which options will be available to the child, such as whether they will be able to go to university or not. In this post, I interview my parents and ask them about their experiences and their views on early education for visually impaired children.

Let me start with...

May 12, 2018

To apply to university in the UK, you have to submit an application to UCAS, which stands for Universities and College Admissions Service. In this post, I'll tell you about my experiences of applying to university through UCAS.

First a short recap. I'm a visually impaired student who is currently doing a PhD at University College London. I applied to study physics in 2010 with start in 2011 and thought I'd tell you a bit about...

February 11, 2018

How do you tell others that you are visually impaired? I talk about my own experience and my strategies when it comes to informing others about your disability. 

When I went to primary school, we occasionally had new people join our class. Whenever this happened, my mother would visit school at the beginning of term to tell the class about my visual impairment. She'd explain what it meant, and let the other children look throug...

January 30, 2018

What does a visually impaired physicist have to think about when attending a scientific conference? This post is intended for VIPs who want to know what it's like to work as a scientist with a visual impairment, but also for organisers, speakers and poster-makers who want to improve accessibility for VIPs at conferences. 

Conferences. Big events with lots of talks, discussions, meetings and (if you're lucky) a bunch of free foo...

September 30, 2017

You've just been accepted on the degree course of your dreams, congratulations! Here are eight things you might want to consider before you head off to university.

All VIPs I know who have successfully completed a university degree have something in common: they are masters of planning ahead. To help you do this too, here are the most important things that a VIP should think about before going to university. While this is by no...

August 23, 2017

In this post, I talk about experimental physics and how a visually impaired student can get through undergraduate (and postgraduate) physics labs.

One of the things I miss while working with theoretical physics is having a warning sign on my door that says 'Warning: Laser' or 'Warning: Radiation!'. I liked seeing them when I walked into the lab, they made me feel cool. Let me start this off by talking briefly about experimental...

August 14, 2017

How can a visually impaired student see the board in lectures and seminars? Here I explain how I solved this problem and was able to follow along in theoretical physics lectures.  

In a lecture or seminar, I typically can't see what's written on the blackboard (yes, in physics we do still occasionally use blackboards). When I started my university degree, my biggest challenge was figuring out how I could follow the lecture...

August 9, 2017

How much can I see and how does it affect my everyday life? I explain the extent of my vision loss here to provide context for my other posts. 

As you can perhaps imagine, there are plenty of embarrassing stories that come with being visually impaired - I have ignored people waving at me, failed to recognise someone I just had a long and deep conversation with and when I was about 10 I walked into a stranger's house by mistake,...

July 29, 2017

Hi there! My name is Sofia and this is a short entry about myself. I grew up in Sweden and later moved to England to study physics at Imperial College London.

You might be curious as to why I chose to study physics. My favourite author to is Isaac Asimov, whose compelling stories about galactic empires and robots made me dream of distant futures with intergalactic space travel. Once I had completed my early education, I figured...

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