Taking Science To The Public Is Addictive

Great tips on organizing a public engagement event from one of our Scientific Outreach Grant recipients. If you’re interested in running your own event, we may be able to provide up to £1000. The current funding round closes on 29 April 2015. http://www.biochemistry.org/Grants/ScientificOutreachGrants.aspx

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“Discussing science with the public – what would I say or do?” – is a wary but quite understandable reaction from many academics. These personal encounters are critical to spreading the messages that science is important, science is fun and that science research is still needed. The key challenge that academics face is to overcome our natural hesitancy and have a go.

My first encounter was to take some experiments into a local primary school, very hard work but fun. Two years ago I volunteered myself again, this time for a public engagement activity at the Brighton Science Festival. I formed a team of ten researchers from the University of Sussex Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Group and we led the audience in a piece of performance art, re-enacting the packaging of DNA. Afterwards everyone was eager for more, so with an expanded team we devised some experiments to take to…

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