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The University of Southampton
Public Engagement with Research

Meet the Scientist Training Event

09:00 - 15:30
30 April 2015
LifeLab at Southampton General Hospital

For more information regarding this event, please email Kath Woods-Townsend at .

Event details

Meet the Scientist is a component of the University’s successful LifeLab Programme, and is a great way for school pupils to develop as wide a view as possible of all the different ways in which science can be used. The ‘scientists’ are drawn from different backgrounds – PhD, lab manager, research nurse, lab technician, postdoc, PI, lecturer, professor. So even if you don’t feel you are a traditional ‘scientist’ your contribution is extremely valuable. Participation is also an excellent opportunity for you to reflect on your career path to date, to communicate your research, and to inspire this different audience. In order to support any researchers and scientists who would like to take part, we offer a training day looking at various different aspects of science communication to this audience. The training will have benefits beyond LifeLab, as it will be useful for all public engagement work with school pupils.

Programme includes:

Meet the Scientist History; Tell your research story in 30 seconds; Effective questioning/dialogue skills/facilitation; Discussing sensitive issues; STEM ambassador programme; Classroom management/behaviour management


  • Be able to identify key points of own research which will generate discussion amongst teenagers
  • Be able to communicate a research story effectively to different audiences - with some appreciation of how to modify for different audiences
  • Be able to facilitate a discussion about research amongst teenagers
  • To build up the skills needed for this facilitation - confidence in own communication skills, questioning skills, listening skills
  • To build up confidence in dealing with school students and the different scenarios which might arise!
  • To learn more about the STEM ambassador training and have the opportunity to register and become a STEM ambassador

A final point to clarify, the science communication training is open to all, but we would like anyone who attends to consider carrying on to deliver a ‘meet the scientist’ session to a group of school students – again to be held at LifeLab at the hospital.

To book your place, please email  with your name, faculty, academic unit and job title, could you also advise re  any dietary requirements, as soon as possible as these sessions are very popular.

If you have any questions about the training, please also direct these to the same email.

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