Congrats to our public engagement winners!

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Well done to all PGR/ECRs who took part in the recent public engagement “Dragon’s Den” workshop.

Three interdisciplinary teams collaborated to design new public engagement activities from scratch to explain techniques from real research. These had to be suitable for a young audience of children under 10 and their families to understand.

Image shows a collage of photos of three different teams working together around a table with Flipchart paper to collaborate on their ideas. One of the images also depicts all 9 people involved stood together in a photo smiling facing the camera.

These ideas were then worked up into pitches presented to a series of four ‘Dragons’ judges (Gabriela da Silva Xavier, Dr Angela Taylor, Dr Christian Ludwig and Professor Martin Hewison) who quizzed them on the science concept being conveyed, how interactive and engaging the public engagement actually was and other considerations like equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as budget and value for money.

We were delighted with each team’s thoughtful & creative ideas and grateful to the judges for their scoring and Society for Endocrinology for support with partial funding. In a very close race the winning team was…

Team 1: Isabella Marinelli, Joshua Bain & Lucy Beevors! Congratulations!

We appreciated how this team developed novel interactives to explain mass spectrometry and data visualisation with different layers of science complexity for different ages, as well as being able to show linkages between each activity.

The winning team will now be supported with £500 of funding to bring their ideas to life, running the activity for real this summer!

Image shows Josh, Isabella and Lucy celebrating their win holding their gift vouchers and smiling to the camera