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Throwback Thursday with Dr Senga Robertson-Albertyn

The second discussion in our Throwback Thursday series is led by Dr Senga Robertson-Albertyn, Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Dundee, who will reflect on being awarded the prestigious RSE Innovators Prize for Public Engagement in recognition of her contribution to communicating science in a fun and interactive way – at the RSE’s Winter Lecture at Wallace High School for an audience of S3 pupils where Dr Roberton-Albertyn discussed what motivated her to become a scientist and the importance of scientific outreach work.

The relevance, benefits and importance of scientific outreach work to participants, funding bodies and academic institutions is becoming increasingly valued and recognised.

Done well, outreach increases responsiveness to societal needs; builds trust between the scientific community and the public; inspires people and develops new transferable skills.

By considering the impact this work can have on professional, personal, community and educational development it is important to consider outreach “as a part of” research instead of outreach “in addition to” research.

Remember to register via Zoom to take part in a live Q&A

 


Chair

Professor Sarah Skerratt


Speaker

Dr Senga Robertson-Albertyn

Additional Information

Senga Robertson-Albertyn is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Dundee, specialising in plant microbe interactions. During her honours, Senga developed a hands-on activity called “Microbe Motels” which translates the concept of the gut microbiome and dysbiosis to children and the wider community. Senga sees outreach as integral to research and is passionate about sharing her love of science and believes that everyone should be nurtured to achieve their goals.