• Asked by hollyo123 to Lauren on 5 Jun 2018.
    • Photo: Lauren Burns

      Lauren Burns answered on 5 Jun 2018:

      An excellent question! I genuinely love public engagement as it (hopefully) shows that science is for everyone, it shouldn’t just be people with degrees who get to understand all the amazing things that scientists do.

      I guess this MRC Festival would definitely be counted as public engagement, but other events I’ve attended/assisted with include; Swansea and British Science Festival, these are huge events where scientists and researchers from across the UK talk to families about science, there are fantastic, really fun workshops, talks and things to do! If you ever see any adverts for the British Science Festival (or Swansea Science Festival if you’re in the area) I highly recommend it!

      Other engagements include something called FameLab, which is a competition to talk for three minutes about a particular subject using props, but no PowerPoint. Also Scribbler’s Tour (included with the Hay Festival), Pint of Science, and conferences!