A selection of examples of public engagement
What is Public Engagement?
"Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit."
Dr Sian Henley is a Lecturer in Marine Science and has research expertise in marine biogeochemistry, isotope geochemistry, oceanography, global change science, and quaternary paleoceanography; with a speciality in nutrient cycling in the polar oceans.
Sian is particularly interested in how biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nutrients are changing in response to global change and dramatic changes in sea ice cover, and what the implications of these changes are for ecosystems and ocean-climate feedbacks.
Sian has a very strong motivation and interest to engage the public with her research, and has done this through various different events, These have ranged from science open days to public lectures and discussion panels to school visits. Over the last year, Sian has made substantial contributions to the Edinburgh International Science Festival, given two public lectures, featured in a magazine article for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and organised a polar science open day at Our Dynamic Earth.
Sian’s public engagement activities have reached over 2000 members of the public across Scotland, the UK and internationally, engaging them in the importance of the polar regions in global climate change and the urgent need to protect our planet for future generations.
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Professor Steve Brusatte is a Reader in Vertebrate Palaeontology and works broadly in vertebrate paleontology and evolutionary biology, with a specialty on the anatomy, genealogy, and evolution of dinosaurs and other vertebrate groups.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs discusses much of Steve's own research on the anatomy, genealogy, and evolution of fossil vertebrates. This includes work showing that the rise of dinosaurs in the Triassic Period was a gradual process, the discovery of dinosaur bones and footprints by him and his team in the Jurassic-aged rocks of the Isle of Skye, the fact that tyrannosaurs were small for most of their history until rapidly evolving into huge size during the late Cretaceous Period, the abrupt demise of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period, and how today's birds evolved from dinosaurs. Throughout the book, the dinosaurs' story is intertwined with his own stories of traveling the world doing fieldwork, discovering dinosaurs, and studying dinosaurs with a group of colleagues, in particular the younger paleontologists of his generation.
The book was published in the UK by Macmillan and USA/Canada by HarperCollins, and has thus far been translated into 13 languages (Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Taiwan). It was one of the most impactful popular science books of 2018, hitting the official bestseller lists in the UK (Sunday Times), USA (New York Times), and Canada (Globe & Mail). It was named the 'Science Book of the Year' by the Times for 2018, won the Goodreads Readers' Choice award for Best Science & Technology book in 2018 (the only major book award decided by readers), and longlisted for a UK National Book Award. It was named a Best Book of the Year by Smithsonian, NPR Science Friday, Popular Mechanics, Science News, Library Journal, and Booklist.
Steve has a BS in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago, MSc in Palaeobiology and MSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Bristol, and MPhil and PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University in New York.
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