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Early Career Researchers at BBSRC Exhibition

Published: 3 May 2011

Early Career Researchers at BBSRC Exhibition

Ursula Puentener and Shmma Quareshi represented SoNG at the recent BBSRC Excellence with Impact exhibition held on March 24th at Glazier's Hall in London. The event aimed to showcase public engagement activity and enterprise and was attended by government ministers, policy makers, representatives from industry, the BBSRC and the other institutions taking part in the Excellence with Impact scheme. Ursula gave a presentation to the group which highlighted the novel network set up at Southampton for bringing together early career neuroscientists across diverse disciplines to collaborate in public engagement activities. 

As part of the exhibition participants were invited to display an icon which encapsulated their approach to 'Excellence with Impact'. Ursula and Shmma presented a garment designed by Stephanie Orlowski, second year fashion student at Winchester School of Art. It was produced as part of an ongoing collaboration between undergraduates in the School of Art and early career researchers in SoNG which is generating art on the theme of neuroscience. The intention is that this art should capture the public imagination and act as conversation pieces for public engagement. In particular, SoNG wants to encourage dialogue on the importance and impact of mental health and disease. Stephanie designed a beautiful garment on the theme of stroke which caught the attention of David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, and gave Shmma the opportunity to talk to him briefly about the research at Southampton aimed at understanding and treating stroke.

If you would like to participate in this project please contact the steering group (Ursula Puentener or Shmma Quareshi).

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