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Public Engagement Development Scholars

Rachel Fisher

Rachel Fisher

Rachel is a second year doctorate student working at Edinburgh University in Prof. Anita Jones research group. Her project aim is to characterise new Fluorescent DNA Base Analogues and use them to study the structure and dynamics of DNA.

The focus of her public engagement work is helping to share a love of chemistry research by organising and carrying out activities at science festivals.

Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw

Brian is a PhD student in the Arnold and Love Groups at the School of Chemistry. He is studying the fundamental chemistry of uranium; how it reacts with other things and its redox chemistry, for example. Potential applications include assisting with the clean-up of nuclear waste.

Brian's public engagement work will be focused on the RSC's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase programme, in which he is excited to visit local schools and share his passion for chemistry with the students. He is also looking forward to helping out at science festivals and doing what he can to enhance Edinburgh Chemistry's great reputation.

Outside of science, he is passionate about aviation, the Irish language, and politics; and enjoys hillwalking, pub quizzing, and constantly rewatching The Office.

Hannah Levene

Hannah is a 1st year PhD student working at Edinburgh Uni in Prof. Andy Mount's group, through the CDT in Integrative Sensing and Measurement. Her project is focused on developing nanoelectrodes for sensing in harsh environments. She loves sharing her passion for science, having previously helped at a disadvantaged school with a science teaching scheme and getting involved with lots of outreach events.

Her other hobbies include dancing and travelling. She is keen to continue this and was delighted to be appointed as a "Spectroscopy in a Suitcase" coordinator. Hannah is involved in training teachers as well as leading workshops for school pupil.

Jess Walker

Jess Walker

Jessica is a second year doctorate student studying biomineralization with Dr. Fabio Nudelman in the School of Chemistry. She studied for a Masters in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry at the University of St Andrews but is enjoying the change to the bright lights and big city of Edinburgh! During her scholarship, she will help deliver School of Chemistry activities at science festivals around Scotland.

She has lots of different hobbies and interests including dance, music and travelling and hopes to combine these with her love of science. One of her favourite things about science is the chance to learn new things and she hopes everyone will be able to experience lots of new, cool and fun chemistry!

Kelly GallagherKelly Gallagher

Kelly is a first year PhD student working under Dr Dave Clarke's research group. Her work focuses on using isotopic depletion strategies to simplify and in increase the sensitivity of Mass Spectrometry for study of biomacromolecules, particularly proteins.

Having been introduced to science public engagement by taking part in Brightclub in 2016, she quickly became involved in Public engagement within the School of Chemistry. Focusing particularly with regards to Primary and Secondary schools, making science accessible within their learning environment.

Ellie TanakaEllie Tanaka

Ellie is a PhD student in Prof. Neil Robertson's group at the School of Chemistry. Her project aim is to synthesise new charge transport materials for application in post-generation solar cells. Her role in the public engagement team is to organise activities along with the School of Chemistry at science festivals in the UK. She is also involved in her research group's outreach project "The Solar Spark" to share her passion towards solar energy use in daily life.

Besides her research, she enjoys singing in a choir, playing the oboe and exploring new places.

Nikola ZotevNikola Zotev

Nikola is a PhD student in theoretical and computational chemistry in the Kirrander group. His project is in the area of molecular quantum dynamics of photochemical reactions.

Nikola's public engagement work is focused on gamification, i.e. turning science into a fun and engaging game. He is also a part of the School of Chemistry team responsible for carrying out activities at science festivals, where games could help facilitate discussions about important scientific concepts, and inspire curiosity.