Engagement and Outreach

We are eager to engage with publics, discussing science and engineering with broad groups. Richard has developed a number of outreach and engagement projects: #ResearchAsArt, Materials: Live!, and as a British Science Association Media Fellow at Nature.

#ResearchAsArt

Research as Art is a University-wide initiative that aims to develop the engagement skills of students and staff, fertilise cross-disciplinary collaboration, raise the profile of Swansea research and its researchers, and make the University a better place to study and work.The project provides a unique mechanism of accessible outreach for all research, displaying the important and far-reaching work, and also the human aspect and emotion of research that goes on at Swansea University to a diverse and new audience.

Submissions are visually striking artwork or images and accessible, engaging text – resulting in a truly unique initiative.

This image won the Early Career Researcher award in Swansea University's 2013 Research as Art competition. Engineer Matt Carnie explains that these solar cells from failed experiments represent a notion familiar in science - that "behind every success there are many times when things didn’t quite go according to plan".

This image won the Early Career Researcher award in Swansea University’s 2013 Research as Art competition. Engineer Matt Carnie explains that these solar cells from failed experiments represent a notion familiar in science – that “behind every success there are many times when things didn’t quite go according to plan”.

Selected links to online coverage:
BBC
The Guardian 2013
The Guardian 2012
Review of Exhibition at the Royal Institution
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
LiveScience Winner 2012
LiveScience Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

Materials: Live!

An innovative Swansea University outreach and engagement project, which introduces the wonder of materials science and engineering to entertain, enthuse and educate potential scientists and engineers of the future. Materials Live! forms a critical component of the “Materials Academy” at Swansea; a large project that delivers multi-level materials research and training.

  • Provide activities that enrich the Key Stages 1- 4 Science National Curriculum in addition to A/AS level curricula.
  • Encourage people to study STEM subjects related careers.
  • Engage with teachers and deliver CPD activities to enhance the materials science-related content in their lessons.

Materials Live! was founded in November 2012 to offer inspiration to young people in materials science and engineering and help build understanding of the opportunities in the sector in Wales. The initial phase allowed development and procurement of demonstrations for a range of materials including novel materials such as shape memory alloys, non-Newtonian fluids, aerogel and ferrofluids. 3D imaging facilities were established and talks, workshops and exhibitions devised. Themes of previous workshops have included; energy materials, aerospace materials, construction materials, biomaterials for health and wellbeing and marine materials – all delivered flexibly depending of the needs of the audience. 2nd round saw addition of tensile tester, dedicated FTIR and 3D printer, strain gauges and now a full outreach lab in Port Talbot, which can hopefully carry on with a legacy on the Bay Innovation campus. Stakeholder feedback resulted in expansion of the scope, including participation in CPD activities aimed at enthusing teachers to provide post-16 students with access to University facilities – giving them valuable new experiences and essential exposure to a University environment. The ultimate aim is to engage youngsters as early as possible with continued contact over a number of years, delivering fresh content at the appropriate level. This has been achieved by successful award of a second round of funding. The project also responds to a call from Welsh Government’s ‘science in Wales’ document for better collaboration and coherence between STEM providers in Wales by working with a large network of broader STEM partners.

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…is an art/science/tech collaboration between Rich and local photo artist Naomi Bowey, exploring the effects objects have on our behaviour – looking at forms of collection, archiving and the compulsive act of hoarding. Naomi details the processes involved in conceiving, modifying, and ultimately producing a piece for exhibition at here other website

 

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