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Dr Nikhil Mistry MEng Acoustical Engineering; PhD - Institute of Sound & Vibration, University of Southampton

Research Fellow in Acoustics, Marine Biology & Ecology

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Nikhil is a Research Fellow working at the National Oceanography Centre in underwater acoustics, studying biologically accommodated sediments using sonar.  He is passionate about science communication, with a particular focus on raising the profile of acoustics and communicating the significance of sound and vibration in our lives.

Nikhil joined the Institute of Sound & Vibration Research in 2009 as an undergraduate in Acoustical Engineering, and has been an active member of the outreach and engagement community ever since. He has participated in a number of Bringing Research to Life Roadshows, as well as curating the Sound Zone at the University’s Science and Engineering Festival. Other engagement projects include running Bright Club, a comedy club where researchers talk about their work and life in academia through stand-up comedy. Through the club, Nikhil provided free workshops to researchers and the general public, teaching effective communication skills and comedy writing technique.

Along with Dr Craig Dolder, Nikhil won a PER Development Fund Grant in 2016 for a project named “Beating Infections Without Jargon”, with the objective of helping researchers develop their communication skills and design exhibits for subsequent conferences, by combining material from his communication workshops and collaborating with Lifelab.

More recently, Nikhil has contributed via focus groups to the design of new PER training provision at Southampton; he also leads on outreach and engagement for the ISVR, visiting schools or inviting them to the University, to talk about acoustics, studying it and the careers available in the field. He has given talks at numerous Café Scientifique events and other public science groups.

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Nikhil has been involved in organisation and delivery of a number of events and activities:

The Science Room - a cafe for the public to re-engage with science

Bright Club - a comedy club where researchers communicate their work and life in academia through stand-up comedy. Search Facebook and YouTube for 'Bright Club Southampton'

Hosting Pint of Science

UoS Science & Engineering Festival - Sound Zone

He has also run workshops to teach effective communication skills, including stage presence, improvisation, body language, comedy writing and easily-digestible research communication.

His has been a Committee member for the Institute of Acoustics STEM Committee, UKAN Early Career Researcher Committee, ISVR Outreach & Recruitment Committee.

SUSU Excellence in Volunteering Award (for Bright Club, 2017

Doctoral College Director's Award for Public Engagement, 2016

Dr Nikhil Mistry
National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS)
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/676/19

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