Chair: Terry O’Connor (STFC)
Ms Jo Lewis (STFC)
The beauty of collaborating is that something that is the bread and butter for one team can lead to a whole new way of thinking for another team, and vice versa. Increasing the number of young people coming into physics and engineering with the right skills is a key agenda in the UK. But how do you reach large numbers of young people? Our answer has been threefold: through their parents;...
Ana Alves (Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço)
The Science Communication Group at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) promotes science literacy in Astronomy and good practices in the communication of science. Trying to reach new audiences in an unconventional and creative way, we developed several outreach activities, one of them is IAstro Júnior. IAstro Júnior is an outreach activity aimed at children aged 7 to 12...
Ms ANA BELEN MARTINEZ (ALBA SYNCHROTRON)
ALBA is the Spanish synchrotron light source. Located near Barcelona, it is a complex of electron accelerators to emit synchrotron light in order to analyse matter at atomic and molecular levels. With eight operational beamlines and three more in construction, it hosts more than 1,300 researchers per year mainly from Spanish institutions but also from abroad. Since 2012, ALBA is...
93. How to visit a remote radio-quiet facility spread on 3 continents and 2 hemispheres? The challenging case of the SKA
Mr Mathieu Isidro (SKA Organisation)
When it comes to public access, the SKA presents an interesting set of challenges: it is a distributed facility, spread over three continents – the UK, Australia and South Africa. Not only that, but it is also very remote from many of its funders, spread all over the globe. While the Headquarters are within 30min of a major international airport, both telescopes are some 800 kilometres away...
Dr Ruth Grutzbauch (Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, University of Manchester)
Women have long been under-represented among those who choose to study and work in the fields of physics and engineering. At Jodrell Bank we are keen to support women and girls who are interested in becoming involved with, or finding out about astrophysics and any area of physics and engineering. A significant number of the Discovery Centre staff are female, a high proportion have degrees in...
Mr Christopher Buratta (UK Science and Technology Facilities Council)
Science opens new windows on the world, but we must open new windows on science if we are to engage hard to reach audiences and improve diversity. Research has the responsibility of addressing the 21st Century’s global challenges in healthcare, security and energy and it will need to draw on the widest possible talent pool to achieve success. STFC is evolving existing programmes and...