Ms Megan Maunder
Engagement and Outreach
I am a strong believer in engaging the wider public in the scientific process and have been involved in various projects since starting my PhD. I have run various sessions aimed at children, young people, and adults and with a varity of groups*. Sessions include: Creative Problem Solving, Space Weather: An Introduction to the Earth-Sun System, and a Brief Introduction to History and Proof in Mathematics. If you are interested please get in touch with myself or the University's Widening Participation Team.
(*Including sessions with: University's Widening Participation Team, IntoUniversity, Exeter Scholars, Head Start, Next Steps South West, Cullompton Community College, Fowey River Academy, Exeter Junior Researchers, Exeter Science Centre)
I am passionate about creating more inclusive and accessible environments within academia and more widely in STEM. I have given talks and advised various groups on the topic, and I am the Advocacy Team Lead for the RAS Early Career Network Committee, working to creating more inclusive and accessible environments for Early Career Researchers within Astronomy and Geophysics.
Other Recent Projects:
- Voice of the Future 2021*, as a nominated reserve for the Royal Astronomical Society.
- University of Exeter: Discover University, online lecture and Q&A session "Introduction to Space Weather: what is it, and why does it matter?".
- I'm a Scientist, Stay at Home!, which helped classes and youth groups connect with scientists, engineers, their teachers, and each other during school closures in 2020.
- I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! Electromagnetic Zone, funded by STFC March 2020.
- Voice of the Future 2019*, as a nominated delegate for the Royal Astronomical Society.
*Voice of the Future provides a unique forum in which young scientists can participate in a Science Question Time with Members of the House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee, the Minister of Science, the Shadow Minister of Science and the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor.
I supported the Researcher Development and Research Culture team in a new series funded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, exploring the key components of Public Engagement:
The Key Components of Public Engagement:
- An Introduction Public Engagement and Evaluation for Engagement
- Creative Engagement Methods
- Co-production in Research
- Impactful Public Engagement with Research
- Chair: Royal Astronmical Society, Careers Lunch at the National Astronomy Meeting (2021)
- UKSEDS, Diversity in Space Careers: Being a Minority in the Workplace (2021)
- University of Exeter Impact & Engaged Research Network: Public Engagement Online (2020)
- University of Exeter Women in STEM Day (2020)
- University of Exeter Women in STEM Day (2019)
- University of Exeter Doctoral College: The Key Components of Public Engagement
- MIST Student's Corner: Navigating Zoomland: Outreach and Public Engagement
- University of Exeter Doctoral College: Getting Involved in Outreach as a PGR
- University of Exeter Wellbeing: Managing Stress and Fatigue During Lockdown
- Mental Health and Wellbeing in the MIST Community: PhD Student Panel
- R, D and the In-betweens: PGR Experiences of Online Training and Development (Listen on: Apple Podcasts, SticherL, Spotify)
R, D and the In-betweens: Being a Disabled Researcher (Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, SticherL, Spotify)
Myself and Paul Bowen were the Mathematics PGR Representatives for 2018/19. Post-Graduate Research Students are welcome to get in touch if they have any questions about the role.