Mary-Clare Hallsworth is the Public Engagement lead at Birkbeck, University of London and is responsible for public engagement strategy and support across the institution. Mary-Clare created the London Public Engagement Network (PEN) to connect, often isolated, public engagement professionals across London.
Dan Taylor is the Assistant Public Engagement Officer at the Centre for Public Engagement, Queen Mary University of London. He joined the team in 2014, following its formation in 2012 through RCUK Catalyst funding after previous roles in higher education and a range of voluntary work with creative arts charities. He is primarily responsible for the Centre’s communications, practice sharing initiatives and advice provision. He mainly tweets from the team’s Twitter account @EngageQM.
Kimberley Freeman is Executive Officer for Public Engagement, and Manager of the Centre for Public Engagement at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Kimberley also runs the London SciComm Socials, in collaboration with Mary-Clare Hallsworth and Dr Steve Cross. Kimberley was previously Partnership Communications Manager at the Medical Research Council (MRC), prior to that she was Public Engagement Manager at UCL, based in UCL’s Public Engagement Unit, and Public Engagement and Publications Co-ordinator at The Royal College of Pathologists. You can follow her on Twitter at @Kim0006. You can follow the London SciComm Socials on Twitter at @SciCommSocLDN.
Michael Eades is Cultural Contexts Research Fellow and Public Engagement Manager at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London. He joined SAS in 2013 to coordinate programming and engagement with the Bloomsbury Festival, funded by an AHRC Cultural Engagement Pilot Scheme award. He was principal investigator on the AHRC-funded project Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: engaging socially isolated people with dementia, and currently curates the Being Human festival of the humanities. Led by SAS and supported by the AHRC and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival dedicated to public engagement with humanities research. He is on Twitter @DrMichaelEades.
As the Public Engagement lead at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Erin drives the development of public engagement culture within the School at both the strategic and operational level. Her work enables staff and students to build valuable new skills, widen the impact of their research and access external sources of research and public engagement funding. Previously, Erin was a Research Fellow in the School’s Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases and engaged with public audiences about how mathematics could be used to understand and predict pathogen spread. She obtained a PhD in Immunology from McGill University in Canada where she coordinated the McGill branch of Let’s Talk Science, creating interactive STEM workshops for school children. Whilst completing her BSc in Genetics, she acted as a coordinator for Venture Engineering & Science where she collaboratively developed engaging summer camp activities on topics from bridge construction to squid biology.
Rebecca Tremain is a performer, producer and trainer and supports Public Engagement activities in the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She currently oversees the Faculty’s Small Grants Scheme which awards a total of 8 grants of up to £1000 to staff and students who wish to undertake public engagement activities to enhance their research projects. This year’s cohort will be engaging public audiences in Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan, Malawi, Mexico and the UK on a diverse range of health issues using creative and informative tools. Rebecca brings her experience of working in a wide range of performance disciplines to her role, bringing together academics and artists under the umbrella of her production company The Mustard Club and establishing the School’s Annual Mosquito Day celebrations in collaboration with School’s Malaria Centre. She coordinated this year’s successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to commemorate the centenary of the Shakespeare Hut on the School’s Keppel Street site in 1916 – more information on this project and how we engaged staff, students and members of the local community is available on the Mustard Club blog: https://themustardclub.wordpress.com/
Alice Taylor-Gee is Communications Manager and the Public Engagement lead at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, based at UCL. She is responsible for public engagement strategy and support, as well as communications such as website, social media and press. You can follow her on Twitter at @alicetg.
Jenny Cook is a Research Associate at King’s College London in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, she is part of the ‘Citizen Engagement in Research and Implementation’ group. Jenny’s current research focuses on engagement evaluation methods and the impact of engagement in translational health research. Jenny is also the Public and Community Engagement Manager for the Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s at St Thomas Hospital and supports researchers with funding applications, training and engagement activity planning and evaluation.
Siobhan Morris is Public Engagement and Events Coordinator for The Reluctant Internationalists research project based at Birkbeck College, University of London and funded by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. Siobhan joined the project in September 2016 and is responsible for organising the dissemination and promotion of the project’s research findings to a range of audiences. You can follow her on Twitter @MorrisSiobhan9.
Louise Weiss is the Public Engagement Manager at Science Gallery London, King’s College London. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of London Brain Project – a social enterprise which facilitates open and engaging conversations around neurological and mental health conditions through Art-Science. In her prior life she was a Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, and holds a PhD in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.
Sarah Gifford is the Community Engagement Officer at the Centre for Public Engagement, at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). After studying for a degree in Modern and Contemporary History at QMUL, Sarah worked within Queen Mary Students’ Union to develop the student volunteering programme (QMSU Volunteering) and other community engagement and student-led initiatives in East London. Sarah is now working on engaging the local community with the Life Sciences Initiative and its research.
Tadhg Caffrey is the Public Engagement Coordinator for the School of Life and Medical Sciences at UCL as part of their Public Engagement Unit (PEU). He is responsible for encouraging best practice and advises staff and students on how best to connect their work with community groups and patients, and how to meaningfully involve them in the work of the PEU at UCL. Previously he worked at St George’s, University of London where he established their first public engagement role and strategy. Tadhg is an Arts and Humanities graduate and worked in theatre prior to getting involved in Public Engagement.