Our members

Mary Clare HallsworthMary-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. Follow the network on Twitter @LondonPENetwork.

You can follow her on Twitter at @MCHallsworth.


Daniel TaylorDan Taylor is the Public Engagement Co-ordinator for University College London’s Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences. He is responsible for the strategic direction, support provision and evaluation of the Centre’s public engagement and patient involvement programme.

He joined UCL in 2017 following three years as the Public Engagement Officer at Queen Mary University of London. He supports the operation and running of the London PEN, runs a monthly meet-up session for Patient and Public Involvement professionals, helps organise LDN SciComm Socials and can be found occasionally using Twitter @Dan_Taylor10


Naomi Asantewa-Sechereh

Naomi Asantewa-Sechereh is Public Engagement Officer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She leads on LSHTM’s Young Scientists Programme, and supports researchers and PhD students to develop and deliver their public engagement.

Prior to joining LSHTM in January 2018, Naomi gained experience in a range of science communication roles, working with both academic and public audiences, at the Royal Society, Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL, and the Natural History Museum.


Mel BovisMel Bovis is a Public Engagement Officer at the Wellcome EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering, King’s College London. She is dedicated to engaging relevant public groups, to whom the research matters most. This includes facilitating researchers to deliver public activities, co-developing strategy and coordinating the Centre’s patient and public involvement (PPI) group.

Mel developed a passion for engaging public groups as a researcher, working with the Royal Society, Science Museum London, Green Man festival, Wellcome Trust, Francis Crick Institute and more, to deliver events and open up conversations around science with a variety of target audiences.

She transitioned into public engagement full-time, working at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education, UCL Institute of Education, where she developed the Centre’s first public engagement strategy and ran their annual programme of events to meaningfully involve autistic people in the co-production of impactful autism research.

You can follow her on Twitter at @melissabovis


Karl Byrne - The London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineKarl Byrne is Public Engagement Manager at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His work enables staff and students to build valuable new skills, widen the impact of their research and access external sources of funding.

Karl has over 15 years’ experience in Public Engagement. He previously worked at Cheltenham Science Festival, the Royal Institution and At-Bristol and Glasgow Science Centres. He also writes, produces and presents science shows, lectures on public engagement and has trained 100’s of scientists in 20 countries on 3 continents (so far).

Can be found on twitter @kjcbyrne talking about science, sci-fi, politics and cats (sometimes all at the same time).


Lizzy BaddeleyLizzy Baddeley is a project manager in the UCL Community Engagement team. She supports staff and students to build relationships with communities in east London, specifically through artist/researcher partnerships and networking events.

Lizzy has been in the UCL Engagement team since 2013, in a variety of roles, and before that working in education and visitor engagement at Houses of Parliament and Wellcome Collection.


Helen CraigHelen Craig is the Public Engagement Manager for the School of Life and Medical Sciences at UCL, with a responsibility for embedding and promoting a culture of public engagement in research and teaching, and a special focus on supporting UCL staff and students in SLMS. She also has an interest in PPI and Co-Production in health research.

Before this role, Helen was public engagement officer at the Institute of Cancer Research, London. She has a background in science media, freelance writing and the history of science.

You can find her on Twitter at @helenfcraig.


Michael EadesMichael 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.


Kimberley FreemanKimberley Freeman is Executive Officer for Public Engagement, and Director 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 the London SciComm Socials on Twitter at @SciCommSocLDN.


Sarah GiffordSarah Gifford is the Community Engagement Officer at the Centre for Public Engagement, at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), working on engaging the local community with the Life Sciences Initiative and its research.

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.


Katy GlazerKaty Glazer is the Public Engagement Coordinator at Birkbeck, University of London. She works with researchers to help them develop their skills and ideas for engagement.

Before joining Birkbeck Katy worked with the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Natural History Museum and ran the STEM Ambassador programme in Bristol.


Erin LaffertyErin Lafferty is currently on secondment as Head of Research at Biosensors Beyond Borders, who use data, models and simulations to unravel the threat of combined infectious and chronic diseases.

She’s taken this from her role as Public Engagement lead at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), being covered by Karl Byrne (above). Her work has driven a culture of public engagement within the School at both the strategic and operational level, enabling 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, 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.


Rachel MiddlemassRachel Middlemass joined the London School of Economics & Political Science in September 2014 as its Research Impact Manager. In that capacity she particularly supports the development of impact case studies for the REF, but also contributes to wider strategic and operational aspects of knowledge exchange and impact at LSE, including public engagement.

She completed the NCCPE’s ENGAGE Academy programme in 2018. Outside work she is a committed lifter of weights, eater of biscuits, and patter of dogs and pigs.


Siobhan MorrisSiobhan Morris coordinates UCL’s Grand Challenges of Cultural Understanding and Justice & Equality, driving a range of research initiatives and providing strategic support for community building, engagement, and public policy projects.

Previously, Siobhan managed the Centre for the Study of Internationalism at Birkbeck College, University of London and prior to this was Public Engagement and Events Coordinator for The Reluctant Internationalists research project, also based at Birkbeck.

You can follow her on Twitter @MorrisSiobhan9.


Bella Spencer

Bella Spencer is the Public Engagement Officer at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging across King’s and Imperial. She supports PhD students to develop their engagement skills and activities, to enable them to share their research with communities in South East London and beyond.

She also works to bring public engagement teams across King’s together, as King’s Engaged Researcher Network (KERN) co-ordinator.

In her spare time she makes films, plans events and exhibitions for Science Gallery’ London, and edits her online zine. You can follow her twitter at @bella9spencer.


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Alice Taylor-Gee is the Public Engagement Manager at the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering at King’s College London. She is responsible for developing & delivering the public engagement strategy and programme of activity. She has a Masters in Chemistry and was a member of Questacon’s Science Circus, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from the Australian National University.

Previously she worked at UCL and the British Science Association, delivering the Science Communication Conference and a series of public events at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre. She also developed a suite of training workshops for researchers, worked with Sciencewise on upstream engagement and partnered with Ipsos MORI on the 2011 Public Attitudes to Science Survey.

You can follow her on Twitter at @alicetg.


Louise WeissLouise 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.

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