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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 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.

 


The Key Components of Public Engagement:

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:
  • An Introduction Public Engagement and Evaluation for Engagement 
  • Creative Engagement Methods
  • Co-production in Research
  • Impactful Public Engagement with Research
A suite of resources I developed for this series, including worksheets, guides, and case studies will soon be available on the ELE page.



Panels:

  • 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)

Blog Posts:

Podcasts:

Post-Graduate Representative:

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.