I'm Heather, I am a public engagement and science communication professional with over ten years experience in higher education working with students, researchers, science centres and museums. I create communication and engagement training, programmes and strategies. I write, present (radio is my favourite) and host events.
In 2018 I joined the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee as Public Engagement Manager and in 2019 we were awarded the Public Engagement Gold Watermark by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.
Since 2016 I have been the Co-Chair of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference Organising committee 2020+1 Conference.
I am especially interested in how people can be brought together to inform research and how academic researchers can engage with the public online. In 2016, I was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship taking me to North America, China and Japan where I visited research organisations such as MIT, NASA and the University of Toyko to explore how scientists are using online platforms to reach the public.
I have led training sessions and given talks focused on engagement and communication across the UK and Europe, in Canada, Japan, South Africa and China.
My other passion is science writing. I began my blog while a PhD student and I co-founded Au Science Magazine with a group of fellow students. Science writing is still a passion of mine and I am a board member for The Biochemist magazine.
Previously I was part of the team that embedded public engagement at the University of Aberdeen (NCCPE/ Catalyst project) and have experience of applying for EU funding and leading work packages on EU projects.