The MRes and CDT programmes include an outreach component, and the Centre for Plastic Electronics strongly encourages students and researchers to contribute to and organise public engagement activities.
The Outreach Officer, 2009 Famelab runner-up Dr Simon Foster, trains and assists students in disseminating science to a wider audience. Not only does this give students a chance to inspire and enthral people with their science, it also instils important communication skills that students will draw on throughout their careers. These outreach activities also act as a cohort building exercise, giving students the chance to work together on a shared interest.
First year project
In the MRes year, each cohort undertakes a series of lectures with the outreach officer to learn how to present their ideas and discuss their research with the general public. Through this course the students will be given a gentle introduction to the world of outreach and public engagement, learning important engagement and public speaking skills. All Plastic Electronics MRes students work together to plan and deliver a stand for the annual Imperial Festival. The skills that the students develop in this course will go onto help them in their future careers.
Further Outreach Opportunities
The Plastic Electronics CDT encourages and supports participation in a wide variety of outreach and public engagement activities throughout the MRes and PhD. This includes College-wide events such as the annual CDT Festival of Science, Open Days, and Imperial Fringe. Students also take part in events hosted at the local museums, as well as workshops with local schools.