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Speakers & Workshops

Meet the great people and teams who gave lectures and workshops at our 2015 conference.

The Keynote

Jumping in the Deep End

Sir Martyn Poliakoff, The University of Nottingham

“Jumping in the Deep end” will describe some of Martyn’s efforts at doing science while at School and, with the help of hindsight, how he could have done much better. It will also show how, quite surprisingly, some of the work he did then is reflected in his research as a professional scientist.

About Sir Martyn Poliakoff
Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRS is a renowned chemistry professor at the University of Nottingham and is the foreign secretary and vice-president of the Royal Society. He is a green chemist, working on gaining insights into fundamental chemistry and on developing environmentally acceptable chemical processes and materials. Martyn is also a passionate science communicator having created over 500 YouTube videos entitled “The Periodic Table of Videos” Read More
Workshop A

Applying to University for Science Subjects

Jonathan McMaster, The University of Nottingham

We’ll be asking key question for anyone thinking of applying for a science based degree such as: Why science? In addition to: how degrees in science are typically structured, how teaching and learning at university differs from school, final year research projects, transferable skills, which university is right for you? We’ll also dive into some other key areas such as graduate destinations, student satisfaction survey, the UCAS process, tips for the personal statement and entry requirements.

About Jon McMaster & The University of Nottingham
Jon McMaster is the Admissions Tutor for Chemistry at The University of Nottingham. He is an Associate Professor in Inorganic Chemistry, and his research group focuses on the roles of the d-metals in biology and how these can be adapted for the development of new catalysts for hydrogen production. The University of Nottingham is in the top 1% of universities worldwide, a member of the Russell Group and has three campuses – one in Nottingham, UK, one in Malaysia and one in China.
Workshop B

Peer Out: How scientific journals are adapting to change

Emilie Aimé, Raminder Shergill & Ruth Milne, The Royal Society

Scientific publishing began almost 350 years ago in 1665 with the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, still published today. The journal’s founder, Henry Oldenburg, defined the functions of a scientific journal as Registration (establishing who got there first), Certification (peer review), Dissemination (communicating to a sizeable, geographically distributed audience) and Archiving (allowing scientists to build on what went before). These are the foundations of, not only scientific publishing, but the scientific method itself. This model has since been used by many thousands of scientific journals, and since the world wide web, there are now nearly 30,000 journals publishing altogether a million papers a year. This workshop will look at how the model is adapting to change including open access, and in particular how online publishing offer new opportunities and challenges.

About Emilie Aimé, Raminder Shergill, Ruth Milne & The Royal Society
Emilie, Ruth and Raminder work for the Publishing division of the Royal Society, which publishes nine scientific journals. The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
Workshop C

Make or Break: An Effective Communications Campaign

Ally Barker, National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

It’s all very well developing new scientific innovation and equipment but how do you best communicate your amazing work to the world? Using the DIAL launch at NPL as a real example, I will demonstrate how different forms of communications are combined in practice and what form is most appropriate (posters, leaflets, showcases, press releases)

About Ally Barker
Before joining the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Ally worked with optical and radar remote sensing data to assess carbon stock change of energy crops. Ally specialised in satellite remote sensing during her MSc at the University of Edinburgh and her BSc from the University of Southampton. Ally currently works at NPL assessing uncertainty in GHG emission datasets and developing Quality Assurance procedures for satellite products, and previously collaborated with the Centre for Carbon Measurement to review the UK applicability of worldwide forest carbon techniques.
Workshop D

People Powered Research

Grant Miller, Zooniverse

The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for citizen science. But why does it exist? How does Zooniverse make the impossible, possible? And how is Zooniverse evolving and getting students involved?

About Grant Miller & Zooniverse
Grant is a recovering astrophysicist who now works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. His role is as the communications lead for the Zooniverse, the world’s leading platform for volunteer-enabled research projects, covering fields from astronomy to zoology, and many more.
Workshop E

Careers in Space: The commute is only 238 855 miles

Kathie Bowden, UK Space Agency

The opportunities for careers in the Space Sector are HUGE. The latest Innovation and Growth strategy predicts the need for a 100,000 new skilled people to join the sector between now and 2030. We will look at some of the current communication methods and how you could help shape the materials of the future.

About Kathie Bowden & UK Space Agency

UK National Space Skills and Career Development Manager, UK Space Agency and Institute of Environmental Analytics (University of Reading) Kathie Bowden trained as a geologist using earth observation data for exploration world wide. She is based in the Institute of Environmental Analytics at the University of Reading and is seconded to the UK Space Agency as the UK National Space Skills and Career Development Manager. Kathie has worked closely with the Space Industry to identify their skills needs and to communicate their requirements to academia or training providers over the years. She takes a particular interest in innovation in earth observation, and in the problems and issues raised by the analysis of big data and it’s exchange between different communities.

Workshop F

Kickstarting a mission to the moon

Rodney Buckland, Lunar Mission One

Introducing a new UK based lunar mission, with opportunities for student engagement in science, engineering & culture; how the money was raised; bringing together international space interests; the importance of a good communications campaign.

About Rodney Buckland & Lunar Mission One

Rodney Buckland was the first financial sponsor of Lunar Mission One and is a pioneer in ‘space insurance’.  He lectures at the Open University on robotics, design and innovation, and renewable energy.  His extensive experience of space science includes tracking Surveyor Moon landers and Mariner spacecraft fly-bys of Mars and working in Antarctica on a cosmic ray observatory. In 1989, he founded Space School, a residential summer school for Year 12 students. Read More about Lunar Mission One

Workshop G

Help create a brilliant social media plan for Lunar Mission One

Allan Fraser-Rush, University of Northampton, Lunar Mission One

Be part of this research involving a generation of school students in preparing for a new lunar mission; how do we engage young adults through Social Media? What can you contribute to the project and what do they expect from us? How can the youth of today help us deliver on our promise of a “Mission for Everyone”.

About Allan Fraser-Rush & Lunar Mission One
Allan Fraser-Rush has worked with some of the world’s highest profile companies, developing their brand and communication strategies. As well as his own business, Allan is the Industry Professor for Marketing and Communications at Northampton University. He works with Lunar Mission One as Chief Marketing Officer. “It is the job that every young boy would dream of. I get to send a rocket to the moon!” he says. Read More about Lunar Mission One
Workshop H

Richard III’s bones: the story, and the story behind the story

Turi King and Carl Vivian, University of Leicester

In 2013, the University of Leicter announced it had found the remains of King Richard III, The last English king to die in battle as part of a project in collaboration with the Richard III Society and Leicester City Council. This workshop will discuss the project including the importance of a multidisciplinary approach combining scientific analysis with humanities research. The workshop will feature behind the scenes footage highlights the importance of documenting the research and communicating the process to the wider public.

About Turi King & Carl Vivian
Turi King is a Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology, University of Leicester. She began her career reading Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge before moving into genetics at the Univesrity of Leicester. Throughout her postgraduate career, her work has combined genetics with archaeology, history and geography, including the link between surnames and genetics and examining the genetic legacy of the Vikings in the north of England. She is perhaps best known for leading the genetic analysis in the Richard III case. Carl Vivian is the Senior Video Producer at the University of Leicester; 25 years of experience making videos in Leicester as a self-employed film maker, a video producer for Leicestershire Police and now a senior video producer for the University of Leicester. In 2012 became the official video producer for the search, discovery and reburial preparations of King Richard III and was the first and last person to film his remains.
Workshop I

We’re all doomed (and you can be too): Science Communication in the age of Sustainability

Malcolm Morgan, Cambridge University, (Founding YSJournal Chief Editor)

Climate change, mass extinctions, poverty and an economic crisis! How do researchers communicate bad news and promote change without causing panic or leaving politicians and the public in denial? A whirlwind tour of some of the world’s most serious problems, the communication challenges, and how scientists can help build a better world.

About Malcolm Morgan
Former Young Scientists chief editor, Malcolm is now a research associate in the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge, and works on measuring and then improving the sustainability of cities in the UK.
Workshop J

Discover your planet through scientific expeditions

Harriet Gower & Matt Hodgson, British Exploring Society

An introduction into the amazing British Exploring Society which was founded by a member of Captain Scott’s final Antarctic expedition of 1910-13. This workshop will cover what they do, where they go, what you can get out of an expedition with opportunities for science research and examples of the projects we have done this year and in recent years.

About Harriet Gower & Matt Hodgson
Harriet is communications officer for the British Exploring Society and a 2X expedition veteran (acting as science leader on one expedition). Harriet deals with our young explorers from when they first enquire with BE right through to when they return from expedition and beyond. Matt is the Head of Sales and Marketing.
Workshop K

Science @ the heart of culture

Maria Rossini, British Science Association

The British Science Association believes that science is an integral part of our culture and that everyone should feel like they can contribute and be involved. This workshop will explore the intersection of science, arts and culture and highlight ways that you can be part of the growing BSA community including the BSA’s CREST awards.

About Maria Rossini
Maria is the Education Partnerships Manager at the BSA and a freelance science communicator. She has worked closely on CREST awards as well as for the BBC, Science Museum and Disney and most recently for the EC. She is also mummy to an 18 month old boy.

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