Generally useful person. In no particular order: STEM communicator, engagement specialist, beekeeper, chicken keeper, allotmenteer, STEM Ambassador, weightlifter, Pilates learner, petrolhead, foodie, drinkie.
I started this blog for many reasons. I want to learn more about the techniques of writing and blogging as an aspect of engagement and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) communication; I specialise in working face-to-face with people so engaging via the written word is a whole new experience. I’ve been asked to train others as it’s a useful tool for raising the profile of research and researchers so it helps to know about it yourself. I feel brave enough to take myself out of my comfort zone and put my thoughts out there. It’s mainly about things I do (they’re be quite eclectic, as you can see from the list above) and will probably be in no particular order. I don’t pretend to have all the answers but I do have lots of questions.
My first degree is Environmental Pollution Science and in 2006 I was lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship to study an MSc Communicating Science. Since 2003 I’ve worked on a variety of science communication and/or engagement projects, working with many audiences using various approaches and techniques. I currently work for Cardiff School of Engineering on Impact and the REF and my views are my own. You can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.
I’d like to thank my friends Laura Smith and Becca Smithers for helping me to set this up and teaching me the basics. Any mistakes are now my own.