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 to blog 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 going to 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 University School of Engineering on Impact and the REF and my views are my own. You can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.