Outreach

Overview

I am very passionate about science communication and outreach. I enjoy sharing the exciting results of my research and love enthusing the general public about the wonders of science, in person, in blogs, on social media, and on TV and radio! Below I briefly mention some of the science communication and outreach projects I have been involved in. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to discuss new science communication or outreach projects – I would be more than happy to help!

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I’ve even been caught doing outreach in the field! Photo credit: Robert Watts.

Here’s a video I made during a secondary school volcano outreach event at the University of Bristol:


“I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here!”

I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here!” is an X-Factor style science competition where competing students are judged by enthusiastic school children. The competitors are slowly voted out until just one scientist remains. I took part in this excellent project in the Autumn of 2013 and came out on top. You can read more about my experiences here and here.

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Pint of Science

How do you bring cutting-edge research to the masses? You present it to them at their local with their favourite drink in hand. Pint of Science was an international science festival delivering engaging science talks and demonstrations in pubs across 6 countries, 21 cities and 3 nights. I headed up the Bristol based Earth Sciences team.

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Bristol Bright Night

I helped to man the volcanology and seismology stall at the Bristol Bright Night. This was a part of the European Commission funded ‘Researchers’ Night‘ held in multiple cities across Europe.


STEM Ambassador

I am a registered and DBS-checked STEM ambassador.


University Earth Sciences Outreach

I regularly help out with school visits, museum exhibitions and science festivals hosted or attended by the University of Exeter. The (in)famous Diet Coke and Mentos experiment is one of my favourites…

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Philosophy

I am not only enthusiastic about sharing the exciting results of the research my colleagues and I conduct, but in particular I believe that enthusing the next generation of leaders, inventors, and researchers about science topics can only benefit society in the long run. I also feel it is the responsibility of all scientific researchers to be able to explain their work in a way that a lay audience can understand. This is particularly important in the field of volcanology when dealing with high-risk scenarios and lives and livelihoods in danger: the need for clear, concise communication is essential.