In the zone

Ella Rhodes reports on the latest 'I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here'.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here – an event which allows primary and secondary school students to ask scientists questions about their research, or anything else – is back this autumn. Scientists are spread out over themed zones, including psychology, health, physics, and medical research, with a vote for the pupils’ favourite scientist in each. The top-voted scientist in this year’s BPS-supported psychology zone, which runs from 2-27 November, will win £500 to spend on public engagement.

Dr Daniel Jolley (Northumbria University) who won one of the 2018 psychology zones, said given the age range of students who take part in I’m a Scientist, the experience had helped him to hone his ability to talk about his research in varied ways. ‘It provided the opportunity to invest in developing a cartoon on my research programme – the psychology of conspiracy theories. This cartoon [see tinyurl.com/yxpwd9ru] is timeless and I regularly use it as part of science communication.’ 

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