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Outreach competition- the winners

Posted by on April 10th, 2014

Science outreach often involves using metaphors, where a real life object or situation is used to explain a complex scientific concept. Last December we launched an outreach competition, and we asked the Node readers to submit pairs of images: a photograph of a real life scene and an image of the scientific concept that it helps[…]

Cellular Architectures at the Nuit Blanche 2013 in Paris

Posted by on April 9th, 2014

The “Nuit Blanche” in Paris. A city wide exposition of contemporary arts from dusk till dawn. Performances, light shows, dance, installations. Along the Canal Saint-Martin the visitors stroll from one exhibition to the next or sit down and take a break, chatting and drinking. A bit further up Boulevard Avenue Richerand the south-west entrance to[…]

Soapbox Science on London’s South Bank – Using Flies to Fight Cancer

Posted by on March 14th, 2014

Soapbox Science follows the format of using historical areas for public debate, such as London Hyde Park’s Speakers Corner, providing a way of bringing scientists and their work to the public.  It strips away props such as powerpoint slides and encourages a dynamic dialogue between the scientist standing on a soapbox and the general public,[…]

Best of both – balancing research and outreach

Posted by on March 7th, 2014

I have been trying to pin-point when exactly I became interested in science outreach. The earliest I can think back is when we had to dissect Helix aspersa, the garden snail, in our undergraduate zoology practical. It was a slimy business. Our lecturer had asked us to remove the specimen’s body from its shell. It[…]

Outreach activity – The Animal Pairs Game

Posted by on March 6th, 2014

Everyone loves a game. So here’s a game that flexes that brain muscle, which can be adapted for all audiences, topics and required level of cuteness. Presenting: the Animal Pairs Game. I first produced this for a demonstration event at ThinkTank Museum in Birmingham, a Meet the Scientist day themed around evolution and adaptation. The idea[…]

Of worms and (wo)men: reflections on the ‘Life Fantastic’ CHRISTMAS LECTURES 2013

Posted by on February 27th, 2014

On receiving an e-mail from the Royal Institution back in March 2013 inviting me to submit a proposal for the delivery of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES, my first reaction was to delete it! My rough mental calculations, taking into account my usual day jobs of Principal Investigator, University Lecturer, College Tutor, Dean and Mother of two[…]

On the Air: Bringing developmental biology to the radio

Posted by on February 5th, 2014

I had just put the finishing touches to my thesis, a weighty tome of developmental neurobiology. My mind was still focused on this highly specific piece of work. I was unprepared, therefore, for the first question: “What is infinity?” I was live on air. I couldn’t see the caller or — since I was in[…]

Outreach activity – Extracting DNA from kiwi fruit

Posted by on December 20th, 2013

DNA extraction from fruit is an easy experiment that makes a great demonstration for kids’ science fairs. I ran a DNA extraction stall at Oxford’s Wow!How? family science fair a few years back. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos at the time but I had a lot of fun this weekend recreating the experiment in[…]

Outreach competition- find your own science metaphor!

Posted by on December 5th, 2013

Development recently published an article by Ben-Zion Shilo on his recent science outreach project. In this project, Benny aimed to explain concepts of developmental biology to the public by identifying and photographing their equivalent metaphors in the ‘human’ world. For example, the regular spacing of sun umbrellas on the beach can be seen as a[…]

Worm Watch Lab: Real data, real outreach

Posted by on November 27th, 2013

Research, write grants, publish papers, teach, manage staff, collaborate. And now engage the public?! Most scientists have their hands full, and while public engagement sounds nice in the abstract, actually finding time to do it well can be a challenge. This is the beauty of citizen science: it’s not just outreach, it let’s you get[…]