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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: …

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