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Outreach and communication

Outreach and communication

Alongside my main work at Diamond Light Source and at the University of Warwick, I have supervised and managed summer students, and have found the training of a new generation of keen scientists to be an extremely rewarding activity. Training new researchers in the skills needed early in their career, whether that takes them to academia or to private industry, is a vital part of the role scientists play in society.

At Diamond, I work with the communications group, talking to the public about the work and research that takes place there. Talking to the public and explaining the work that is carried out at Diamond is extremely important, not least because the reactions of the public to being shown around a "real-life" particle accelerator serves as reminder of what an exceptional place Diamond Light Source is to do research at! I have been fortunate enough to represent Diamond Light Source at locations around the UK, including the At Bristol Science Centre, the National Eisteddfod of Wales, as well as at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

I have been a volunteer STEM Ambassador since 2014, and helped run many activities, typically aimed at children and young adults. I have volunteered to run a local afterschool club where teams of children aged 9-12 learned to design and program a Lego Mindstorms robot, before bringing it to RAL in order to compete against other schools in a series of challenges.

Presenting the results of my University of Warwick work, I won the regional heat of the Institute of Physics’ Three Minute Wonder. This is an annual competition where physics researchers have to present their work to a non-scientific general audience in just three minutes. I went on to compete in the 2018 finals and presented my research at the the Royal Institution lecture theatre.

A photo of Chris Bloomer presenting a short talk at the Royal Institute lecture theatre.

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