Guarantee places for researchers in I’m a Scientist

Scientists applying for IAS go on to the waiting list of 1,500+ people. Last year, 12% got a place. This doesn’t help institutions who want their researchers to receive the benefits of the ‘best crash course in science communication’ on a consistent basis.

Institutions can buy a Season Ticket to reserve places for their researchers in IAS and the Academy Zone online course, building capacity and quality of engagement.
To ask about the options below, or get an estimate for something more tailored, contact or call 01225 326 892.

Photo: Bogdana

If I had not been part of Academy Zone, I would have not had the confidence that I could actually undertake outreach.
Bogdana, Early career researcher


Online public engagement helps bridge the divide between institutions and schools– and it’s not only school students who benefit.

Participation in I’m a Scientist (IAS) and our Academy Zone can help improve the quality of, and build capacity for public engagement at your institution.

Boost researcher’s engagement


I didn’t really know much about public engagement before taking part… I’m a Scientist really inspired me to get involved with more!
Suzi, PhD researcher

IAS is a low pressure space for researchers to ‘dip their toes’ into public engagement. Seeing students’ enthusiasm for their work gives researchers the confidence and motivation to do more outreach.

Those with less previous experience increase their public engagement activities by 130% in the year following IAS. 


Improve communication skills


The whole thing was very two-way… Some of the analogies I totally plagiarised from the students!
Max, PhD researcher

From day one, I’m a Scientist is effective experiential training for scientists in engaging the public. Researchers get to hone phrases over two weeks, helped by honest student feedback.

94% of ECR’s surveyed said taking part had improved their communication skills. 


Build capacity for high quality engagement


Academy Zone gave me more perspective on exactly why I wanted to take part and gave me points to consider when planning future activities.
Savannah, PhD researcher

Academy Zone is a short online course for researchers to take alongside participation in I’m a Scientist. Based on the NCCPE Engage Framework, it helps researchers understand the fundamentals of quality public engagement and Science Capital concepts at the same time as engaging students.

Supported by a science communication lecturer, researchers answer questions getting them to think about important principles such as purpose, audience needs and appropriate engagement methods. 


Reach audiences in most need


As we don’t have a major university very near us, students wouldn’t get this chance otherwise

Online engagement allows your institution to engage school students who might otherwise miss out on STEM enrichment.

Schools more than 30 minutes drive from a research intensive Higher Education Institution are half as likely to get a visit from a university researcher as those within 15 minutes drive.

Get your researchers involved

There’s a long list of scientists wanting to take part in IAS, but only a limited number of places each activity.

Email, or call 01225 326 892, to discuss funding to create space for your researchers in I’m a Scientist and Academy Zone.