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Public Engagement Development Scholars

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.

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Kelly 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.

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Ellie 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.

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Nikola 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.

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Emily Goddard

Emily is a PhD student in the Pulham group. Her work focusses on improving the thermal cycling of salt hydrates for heat-storage applications, hopefully saving energy and money!

Emily will work with the RSC's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase project, running workshops in organising loans to schools to help introduce spectroscopy to school pupils. She is also a keen supporter of and Core Festival Volunteer for the Midlothian Science Festival.

Outside of science, she enjoys ballroom dancing and plays in the University's wind band.