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Dr Silvia Lanati PhD, MSc, BSc

Communications, public engagement and events manager

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Silvia is 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.

Her manager role includes: developing communications and public engagement strategies, creating content and managing the centre's website and social media accounts, producing innovative engagement activities, organising stands at public events, supporting researchers and staff, facilitating networking and collaborations, promoting a culture of public engagement with research across the Centre and the wider Network.

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.

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 more recently, she co-founded the regional SotComm+ Socials.




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


  • 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

Member of



  • 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
Administrative Data Research Centre for England (ADRC-E)
Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences
University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 176/2031

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