Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Prestigious science communication placements

Thu Feb 09 11:28:00 GMT 2012

Two of our PhD students have secured prestigious placements, giving them the opportunity to communicate science to a wider audience. Kathryn Wills and Jenny Crabtree, both in their third year, will build on skills learnt during the public engagement module, but have very different audiences.

Kathryn will undertake a three month fellowship at the  Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), based in Westminster and starting in October 2012.

As part of the placement at POST Kathryn will be given the opportunity to produce a short briefing paper (POSTnote), contribute to a longer report, or assist a select committee in a current inquiry. This will involve identifying and liaising with a range of interested parties including industry, academia, regulatory bodies, non-governmental organisations and government.

In March 2012 Jenny Crabtree will be doing an internship at the  Science Museum in London, working with the Contemporary Science Team to research and develop content for the  Antenna gallery and the  Dana Centre, including temporary exhibitions, science news and events.

Jenny says "I have enjoyed being involved in many public engagement activities whilst in the DTC, and this exciting opportunity will allow me to explore other areas of public engagement and science communication, particularly in developing science exhibitions and targeting adult audiences."

The Antenna gallery showcases science news, mini exhibits on topical issues in science, and in-depth feature exhibitions, while the Dana Centre hosts evening events targeted at adults to encourage dialogue around issues relating to contemporary science, technology and medicine.

We wish both Jenny and Kathryn the best in their placements and look forward to hearing all about them.