Public Scrutiny: The importance of Scientific Outreach
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.