As a young adult, I didn’t know that palaeontology was a viable career path, let alone a brilliant gateway to a wide range of scientific fields. I believe one of the most vital aspects of science is being able to communicate your work with the public to enthuse them and encourage their involvement.
Below are some examples of my outreach:
PROGRESSIVE PALAEONTOLOGY 2017
Part of the team that wrote and designed the successful bid for Leicester to host ProgPal2017, a conference for postgraduates hosted by postgraduates. Organised, with the committee, all aspects of the conference including the main event, conference dinner, social media and branding.
“Rotting fish, worms and cephalopods: designing experiments to understand fossilisation (or the terrible life choices of a palaeontologist). Lapworth lectures, Lapworth Museum, University of Birmingham (2018)
“Seeing Into the Carboniferous: How the Tully Monster Saw Illinois 300 Million Years Ago.” Burpee Museum, Rockford, Illinois, PaleoFest, (2017)
“Rotting Livers, Guts and Gills: terrible life choices of a Palaeontologist” 2016, The History Society, Leicester
PubHD #10, Leicester, 2015. A 10 minute talk introducing my science and work to a pub audience.
Web based outreach:
‘Talked’ at the 2017 @BioTweeps conference.
Read the tweets and see my info graphics on how fossils form here: https://storify.com/scarecrow25/btcon17
I took over the @GeoSciTweeps twitter feed for a week during March 2017. Here are some examples of the threads I posted:
School outreach events:
Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador since 2012. Over 50 school visits, workshops and talks given at schools in Bristol, Leicestershire and Devon.
Winner of the national competition: ‘I’m a Scientist, get me out of here!’, interacting directly with secondary school age pupils through live web chat and answering message board posts followed by a series of votes and progressive eliminations. I finished 1st in a group covering science focusing on the theme of evolution and won a £500 prize.
Member of UoL ‘Palaeo Diets – How do we know what extinct animals ate?’ team in both 2016 and 2017. In 2017 took part in the soapbox science event.
‘Rotten fish and fossils: resolving the riddle of our earliest vertebrate ancestors’, representing the University of Leicester at the Natural History Museums Universities Week, 2014 and local events.
‘Prehistoric colours in fossil insects and feathers’, representing the University of Bristol at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.
Watch the set up video here (second on left).