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Public Engagement with Research

Dr Silvia Lanati PhD, MSc, BSc

Operations Lead

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Silvia is Operations Lead for the Public Engagement with Research unit. 

Her role includes: organising the Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF), the University of Southampton's Human Worlds Festival and the University of Southampton 'Bringing Research to Life' Roadshow. 

Science is an extremely demanding and complex discipline, that above dedication and determination requires a good dose of stamina and mindfulness to overcome the darkest times where "nothing works", "it does not make any sense" or "weeks of work have just gone down the drain". Engaging people can have a healing effect for heart broken scientists after a day of experimental failures.

Silvia has a Ph.D. in Physiology and thanks to her studies and work experience has a wide scientific background spanning from natural sciences to biochemical engineering. In her previous role, she worked as Communications, public engagement and events manager for the Administrative Data Research Centre for England, part of the UK wide ESRC-funded Administrative Data Research Network.

She discovered her passion for public engagement whilst working in the laboratory as a cancer research scientist. In the past, she extensively volunteered with the Italian Red Cross and actively collaborated with Cancer Research UK. In the last years, she brought the international Pint of Science festival to Southampton and co-founded the regional SotComm+ Socials.


Skills and expertise

  • small and large events organisation
  • activities design
  • publicity and marketing
  • social media management
  • event evaluation
  • team coordination
  • networking
  • negotiation


  • PERu Associate (2017-2018)
  • SotComm+ Socials (2017) - co-founder
  • Pint of Science (2017) - Publicity liaison South for the Central Communications & Marketing team at Pint of Science UK
  • Cancer Research UK (2016) - Early Diagnosis Conference intern
  • Pint of Science (2016, 2015) - Southampton University coordinator and marketing manager
  • Cancer Research UK (2015) - Member of the editorial panel of the Pioneering Research 2015/16 brochure
  • Cancer Research UK (2014 - 2016) - public engagement at laboratory tours, open days, science festivals and other public events
  • Speaker for: the Researchers' Cafe' and 'Meet the scientists' at the LifeLab
  • Performer at: Southampton Brightclub (2017, 2018)



  • Roadshow Award - Research communicator, University of Southampton Roadshow (2017) 
  • Dean's Award for Postdoctoral Researchers - Public Engagement, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton (2015)
  • Rising Star in Research Engagement Prize - Highly commended, Cancer Research UK (2015) .pdf
Dr Silvia Lanati
Public Engagement with Research unit
Boldrewood Innovation Campus
University of Southampton
SO16 7QF

Room Number: 176/2029

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