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Dr Lucy Green BSc Hons (Physiology), PhD

Associate Professor in Developmental Physiology; Head of Engagement for Faculty of Medicine

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Lucy’s scientific research explores the cardiovascular, metabolic and growth adaptations made by the unborn baby in response to changes in the mother’s nutrition, from before conception and throughout pregnancy.  She is part of the Institute of Developmental Sciences, which works with partners across the University and Hospital to discover mechanisms, develop interventions and translate work for the benefit of patients.

Her engagement work started with a desire to raise awareness about the importance of early development to lifelong health and risk of disease, with the public, health professionals and policy makers. She works in the local region engaging young and older public, nationally as Chair of the Physiological Society Education, Public Engagement and Policy Group, and internationally as member of the Advocacy and Communications subcommittees of the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.

Her appointment as Faculty Head of Engagement in 2020 will support and develop engagement of a range of stakeholders with all the research and education work that goes on across Medicine, in a way that is responsive to the needs of society.


Lecturer - Associate Professor, University of Southampton (2008 to date)

Lecturer – University College London (1998-2000)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Western Ontario, Canada (1996-1998)

Research Assistant, Cornell University, USA (1991-1992)

Lucy is a member of the Steering Committee for the annual Southampton Science & Engineering Festival (SOTSEF), and a regular contributor to the event (Giant Kerplunk activity to explain development and health, and ‘Young Health Correspondent’ project with local A Level students).  She also represents the Faculty of Medicine on the Engaged University Steering Group and the Southampton City of Culture Bid ‘Culture and Health’ Group. She is a member of the University’s Health & Wellbeing Community Hub.

Toxic! event
Toxic! event

She has taken engagement activities to other events/venues (including Café Scientific, New Forest Show) and has run Public Question Time events (‘Building Superhumans?’, ‘Fake Food’, ‘Toxic!’) at which the audience to pose questions to a panel of experts. This has involved working in partnership with University PERu and Outreach/Widening Participation teams.

In 2018 Lucy was awarded a British Science Association Media Fellowship, and spent time working with the BBC Radio Science Unit and Science Online News team, researching, writing and broadcasting on a wide range of science stories.  In 2019, Lucy was awarded The Royal Society of Biology Senior Outreach and Engagement Award.

She has appeared on BBC Radio Solent, talking about aspects of the early developmental science behind our adult health; and has produced and edited short films and video animations to convey health-related science messages.

Lucy works on ‘Communications’ and ‘Advocacy’ committees of the International DOHaD Society, focussing on conveying big science messages to beneficiaries. She is Chair of the UK Physiological Society’s Education, Public Engagement and Policy Committee (from Nov 2020). She facilitated a Mid-Career Workshop on ‘Science Communication’ (2019, Society of Reproductive Investigation Annual meeting, Paris), and has given talks on engagement nationally (2019, Science in Practice conference, Manchester) and internationally (2019 ‘Communicating DOHaD to the public’, DOHaD World Congress symposium invited speaker, Australia).

She has led and contributed to many events and activities for local schools/colleges, including Institute of Developmental Sciences A level open days, Cultivate! Engagement project on health, plants and climate change for 13-14yr olds, LifeLab Meet the Scientist sessions, ‘Science of Life’ mentoring sessions, ‘I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here’ Heart Zone Scientist.

Dr Lucy Green
Faculty of Medicine
Southampton General Hospital
Mailpoint 887
Institute of Developmental Sciences Bldg

Room Number NNN: SGH/IDS B07/MP887

Facsimile: (023) 8120 5255

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