The name of the website is Strength of Science, trying to combine the 2 niches mentioned above.
As part of this, I need a striking logo which is going to epitomize the nature of the vision which is one of education, knowledge and honesty. ... I want to stay away from biceps/arms images, which I see at one end of the spectrum, and atoms/traditional science imagery, which I see at the other end of the spectrum. This logo will be used on the site itself as well as on all marketing material including social media, banner ads etc. ... This may also lead to additional work as the website grows and more detailed design work becomes a necessity.
My initial thoughts were to go for some sort of chart/graph with Strength of Science incorporated somewhere, however I am VERY open to suggestions as I am no where near an expert.