STEM professionals applying for I’m a Scientist, I’m an Engineer, or I’m a Mathematician go on to the waiting list of 1,500+ people. Last year, 12% got a place. This doesn’t help institutions who want their employees to receive the benefits of the ‘best crash course in science communication’ on a consistent basis.
For institutions who want their employees to take part in the standard online activities regularly
£350 + VAT
per individual @ 10 places a year
£400 per individual @ 5 places a year
- Reserved places for STEM professionals in events
- Reporting on engagement metrics
- Ideal for sharing places across departments
For guaranteeing a place in the next event – Can be requested by an individual with funding
£700/€750 + VAT
- Reserved place in the next available event
- Report on individual’s engagement metrics
- Academy Zone participation and certificates
If I had not been part of the 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, I’m an Engineer, or I’m a Mathematician and the Academy Zone training course can help improve the quality of, and build capacity for public engagement at your institution.
Boost your employee’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
I’m a Scientist, I’m an Engineer, and I’m a Mathematician are low pressure activities for STEM professionals to ‘dip their toes’ into public engagement. Seeing students’ enthusiasm for their work gives STEM professionals the confidence and motivation to do more outreach.
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/Engineer/Mathematician is effective experiential training for STEM professionals in engaging the public. STEM professionals 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.Read more on:
Build capacity for high quality engagement
The Academy Zone course 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
The Academy Zone is a short online course for STEM professionals to take alongside participation in I’m a Scientist/Engineer/Mathematician. Based on the NCCPE Engage Framework, it helps individuals understand the fundamentals of quality public engagement and Science Capital concepts at the same time as engaging students.
Supported by a science communication lecturer, STEM professionals answer questions getting them to think about important principles such as purpose, audience needs and appropriate engagement methods.Read more on:
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.Read more on: Effect of distance on access to STEM enrichment
Get your employees involved
There’s a long list of STEM professionals wanting to take part in I’m a Scientist/Engineer/Mathematician, but only a limited number of places each activity.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01225 326 892, to discuss funding to create space for your STEM professionals in I’m a Scientist/Engineer/Mathematician and the Academy Zone course.