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Public Engagement Fellows

Dr Geraint Jones

Dr Geraint Jones

Planet Doodle

Planet Doodle will present the science of the planets and space to the general public through the medium of cartoons. The cartoon strips will enthuse, explain and inform readers of many aspects of planetary and space science, as well as the research techniques used in these fields.



Dr Helen Mason
(Credit: H Mason)

Dr Helen Mason

Sun|trek : Here Comes the Sun

Helen’s project will capitalise on her diverse range of current activities to develop a lasting legacy of her work with schools.

The main objective is to inspire students to engage with science activities, with a view to exciting their scientific curiosity through cross-curricular activities and fostering a long lasting interest in science.

A set of five focussed resources about the Sun will be developed and delivered. These will be hosted on the Sun|trek website and promoted widely in the education sector.



Dr Chris North
(Credit: Swansea University)

Dr Chris North

The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

On 14th September 2015 the LIGO experiment made the first ever direct detection of gravitational waves – the last unverified prediction of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. This marked the dawn of gravitational wave astronomy.

Chris will use his fellowship to develop and deliver educational resources for teachers across the UK to assist with covering LIGO and gravitational waves in lessons. There will also be a series of student masterclasses and workshops. An online app illustrating the workings of a gravitational waves observatory and an interactive, mechanical ‘Lego LIGO’ for use in events and exhibitions, will also be produced.



Dr Kathy Romer
(Credit: Travis Hodges)

Dr Kathy Romer

The Dark Energy Survey: Education and Public Outreach

The Dark Energy Survey (DES) is currently the leading ground-based cosmology experiment. DES is a six year study of the southern sky that will test cosmology to unprecedented precision, using a 520 mega-pixel digital camera mounted on the 4m Blanco optical telescope in Chile. As well as the impact on cosmology, DES will also generate a wealth of discoveries in other areas, such as objects in the distant solar system and distant black holes.

Kathy will use her Fellowship to promote and develop understanding of the Dark Energy Survey to existing engaged audiences and new ones, such as schools.

Kathy will also act as a champion for wider STFC science, particularly in the context of STFC’s support for gender equality in STEM, including the STFC-funded ‘Soapbox Science’ initiative.



Professor Phil Manning

Professor Phil Manning University of Manchester

"Bright Lights and Dinosaurs"

Synchrotron-based imaging and x-ray microtomography (XRT) is revolutionising the study of fossils and has fuelled a new and rapidly developing area of science that unites many disciplines (including physics, chemistry, maths, engineering, geology to name a few). The application of 21st Century technology to unpicking the disjointed sentences that comprise the fossil record is now permitting scientists to reconstruct past worlds in higher fidelity. This new and exciting area of research is currently being explored by Phil Manning, from the School of Earth, Atmospheric & Environmental Science at the University of Manchester.

Phil's 'Bright Lights and Dinosaurs' project aims to use his research on synchrotron-based imaging and XRT of past life in order to help explain the methods and technologies used to study samples ranging from microbes to dinosaurs. Bright Lights and Dinosaurs aims to show how chemistry can define the origins, synthesis, function, and subsequent alterations/modifications of ancient molecules. The molecules that Phil and his team track down come from some of the most iconic species to have walked, swam, crawled, slithered, slimed, flown, or jumped on Earth. Phil likes nothing more than talking about his science or dragging the odd dinosaur bone out to schools, colleges or village fetes!

  • Dr Roberto Trotta (Imperial College London)
    The Hands-on Universe - Innovative ways of using your senses to make sense of the Universe
  • Dr Marc Sarzi (University of Hertfordshire)
    A Stargazing Opportunity for Half of England's Pupils

Last updated: 05 October 2018


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