ULBERG public understanding of science

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Introduction to ULBERG Public Understanding of Science theme. Presented by theme leader Dr Charlotte Haigh (c.haigh@leeds.ac.uk). For more information about ULBERG, see: https://elgg.leeds.ac.uk/ulberg/ or follow us on Twitter @ul_berg or Linkedin (University of Leeds Bioscience Education Research Group). Email: ulberg@leeds.ac.uk

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ULBERG public understanding of science

  1. 1. ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />High contrast colours will help audiences to read text from a distance<br />Public Understanding of Science<br />
  2. 2. ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />Strategic priorities and direction<br /><ul><li>Create greater public interest and involvement in science throughout society
  3. 3. Engage scientists and undergraduate students with different sectors of society
  4. 4. Run projects with enduring effects and lead our field in sharing and disseminating practice</li></li></ul><li>ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />Examples of previous successful projects<br /><ul><li>Health & Disease Road Show
  5. 5. Celebrating the work of William Astbury</li></li></ul><li>ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />Health and Disease Road Show<br /><ul><li>Promote awareness of health & increase the understanding and interest of science and investigation in school children
  6. 6. Targeted 1000 school children across primary and secondary schools in West Yorkshire over 6 month period
  7. 7. Funded with a £5K grant from HEFCE
  8. 8. School children performed physiological experiments whilst learning about health and disease
  9. 9. Road show built on areas embedded in the school curriculum</li></ul>Students undertaking experiments<br />duringthe health and disease road show<br />
  10. 10. ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />Health and Disease Road Show<br /><ul><li>Skills developed:</li></ul> -measuring physiological parameters<br /> -calculating data from parameters measured<br /> -analysing data and comparing with normal values<br /> -understanding the importance of a health lifestyle<br /><ul><li>Feedback: extremely positive, including wanting to run the event again and captivating and inspiring the students about science. Majority of teachers built this into their next teaching session
  11. 11. Outputs: Article in the Bulletin of the HEA Centre for Bioscience and a Physiological Society presentation entitled ‘Engaging future physiologists’</li></li></ul><li>ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />Celebrating the work of William Astbury<br /><ul><li>Evening of talks and demonstrations centred around Astbury’s influence on research in medical sciences
  12. 12. Aimed at the public audience
  13. 13. Held at the Thackray Medical Museum
  14. 14. Talks by top researchers in the field (Prof Sheena Radford & Dr Bruce Turnbull)
  15. 15. Funded by the British Science Association</li></ul>William Astbury<br />
  16. 16. ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />Celebrating the work of William Astbury<br /><ul><li>Marketing: Through museum mailing list, advertising at University, distribution of flyers at galleries and museums around Leeds
  17. 17. Attendance: 30 members of the public
  18. 18. Feedback: Audience were fully captivated by speakers, positive experience and would like similar events showcasing research which takes place at the University. Three generations of the Astbury family attended the event.
  19. 19. Outputs: Short report on British Science Association website</li></li></ul><li>ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />Way forward<br />4 main areas<br /><ul><li>Enhancement of final year undergraduate projects
  20. 20. Ethics in Schools (already discussed)
  21. 21. Effective dissemination of research topics to the public
  22. 22. Wellcome trust application for peoples trust award</li></li></ul><li>ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />Enhancement of final year UG projects<br />Science & Society projects<br />Alternative projects<br /><ul><li>Pressures & student demand</li></ul>Create & deliver interactive, curriculum enhancing teaching session<br />Primary or secondary<br />Leeds Festival of Science & touring carousels<br />
  23. 23. ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />“Confidence, leadership, being able to speak clearly and explain difficult concepts in simple terms”<br />“Love to host students again next year, because of the great impression this year's cohort made”<br />“a truly exceptional project, a delight to read”<br />
  24. 24. ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />Benefits<br /><ul><li>Promotion / relationships
  25. 25. Employability skills
  26. 26. Outreach resources</li></ul>Ways Forward<br /><ul><li>Involve more schools/colleges
  27. 27. Implement project cross faculty
  28. 28. Provide an OER for schools and colleges
  29. 29. Collaborations
  30. 30. Change of audience </li></li></ul><li>ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />Effective dissemination of research topics to the public<br /><ul><li>Project involves designing final year UG projects to create effective ways of disseminating research topics from across the faculty to the public audience
  31. 31. Setting up public debates, wikis, pod casts, discussion boards, websites, You tube videos etc.
  32. 32. Working with the British Science Association</li></li></ul><li>ULBERG<br />FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES<br />Wellcome Trust People’s award<br /><ul><li>National Science & Engineering Week: carousel of ethical debate & practical drugs testing experiment
  33. 33. Public Debate: Scenarios based around ethical debate, previously recorded with a variety of outcomes dependant on progression of debate
  34. 34. Exhibition in Leeds City Museum: Poster exhibition, audio guide, interactive sessions based on Olympics and performance enhancement.</li>

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