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January 2021

January 2021 - WIE Student Showcase

The first cohort of students who took part in our our IATL module - Public Engagement: Connecting Communities to Research - delivered their final showcase event this month. They working in groups to present two talks - The Covid-19 vaccine: Yes or No? and Food Education: Get involved, donate and make smoothies.

Image shows the flyers for the events. Text repeated below

Broadcasting via YouTube the talks each had a huge amount of discussion going on in the chat and around 50 people tuning in live.

Catch up below

The COVID-19 vaccine: Yes or No?

COVID-19 had a massive impact on our lives and livelihoods in 2020 and possibly 2021. With the emergence of the COVID-19 virus which led to a pandemic, pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Astrazenca developed vaccines with the help of BioNTech and Oxford. These vaccines aim to boost our herd immunity and in turn help the whole world control the spread of the virus. However, it isn't all plain sailing from here as vaccine hesitancy among the people of the UK is significant. To analyse this, we looked at some of the trends in vaccine hesitancy among certain communities via official surveys and Instagram polls. This talk is being given by students from a variety of departments who are taking part in our first interdisciplinary public engagement module. It's an opportunity for them to practice translating research for a non expert audience.

Food education: Get involved, donate and make smoothies

Encouraging a better understanding of the issues of food production and availability. We will also be giving tips on how we can work towards an environmentally sustainable lifestyle by creatively managing food waste. This talk is being given by students from a variety of departments who are taking part in our first interdisciplinary public engagement module. It's an opportunity for them to practice translating research for a non expert audience. Feel free to chat and ask questions via the comments.