Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Science Communication

  • I am passionate about making science accessible to non-experts and encourage dialogue between researchers and the public. I co-ordinate a number of public engagement events for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in collaboration with staff and students from the Faculty and from the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre. These events include the annual Brookes Science Bazaar, interdisciplinary partnerships between sciences and humanities, events for the 'Amazing Acts' Festival at the Pegasus Theatre, ‘CSI Oxfordshire’ and internal public engagement training sessions.

    I am also using social media networks such as Twitter or YouTube to engage diverse audiences online, and blog about science, outreach and science communication. I am the Editor-in-Chief of AoB Blog, a title from the 'Annals of Botany' non-profit company.  I have also run public engagement training workshops for researchers at Oxford Brookes and for the Society of Experimental Biology, the Royal Microscopical Society and eLIFE.

    Articles

    “Best of both – balancing research and outreach” The Node, 2014.

    “Do they mean us? – Science in fiction TV shows: do they get it wrong – and does it matter?” The Biochemist, 2012.

    “My not-so-secret-anymore double life” SpotOn London 2012, Nature.com, 2012.

    “How should researchers talk about science to the public?” Guardian Higher Education Network, 2012.

    “Could we improve discussion at scientific conferences?” SEB Bulletin 2011.

    “Growing Concern: Engaging the public with issues involving GM” Conference Report, Science Communication Conference 2011.

    “Shedding light on Plant Cell Biology” Biological Sciences Review Issue 1, September 2012.