I'm a Scientist... is an online public engagement activity that gets scientists from across the UK talking to school children. There's also a version for engineers.
Scientists put up a profile on this site, answer students’ questions about science, their research, the universe and beyond. They engage directly with students in live text-based chats. Students vote for their favourite scientist to win £500 to spend on further public engagement.
The impact reports from zones are always very positive - with students having a greater awareness of careers, greater aspiration to continue with science, and go away learning science, too. Scientists develop their communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on their work, and find out what young people think about science and the role of scientists.
There are multiple 'events' during the year. The next event is in March, application deadline is 29 January 2018.
It's really easy and great experience! You don't have to leave your office, but you can do it anywhere:
For information on the what, why and how: https://about.imascientist.org.uk/.
To apply: https://imascientist.org.uk/scientists/.
Here's the engineering version: https://imanengineer.org.uk/engineers/
Take a look at a few researchers from the University of Oxford who have taken part:
Adam Hargreaves (Zoology)
Priyanka Dhopade (Engineering)
Cedric Tan (Zoology)
Charlotte Green (Radcliffe Dept of Medicine)
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