The MRes year includes training and workshops on Science Communication in Research, Media and Business, along with workshops on Responsible Research and Innovation.

Beyond these, there are several other opportunities for our research students to engage in science communication activities and training. Examples include the Nano Ambassador Programme, Science Improv, Artist-Scientist engagement activities which have resulted in outputs such as NanoVignettes, participation in science festivals including our exhibit ‘Mind the (nano) Gap’ at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in 2018.

Our Nano Ambassadors are available for visits to schools and universities (or online talks/discussions), to inform and enthuse students about nanotechnology and its prospects. In-person visits are typically 1-2 hours long and can include accessible talks about latest research in nanoscience, as well as a discussion and practical advice about careers in nanoscience. Please contact us if you are interested in these.

Many of our current science communication activities are coordinated / led by Dr. James Dolan who is a Science Communication Junior Research Fellow at Kings College Cambridge and NanoDTC alumnus from c2012.

Mind the (Nano) Gap

Mind the (nano) Gap was NanoDTC’s exhibit at the 2018 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. One of 22 exhibits selected for the event, it focused on detection of bio-molecules from their unique signatures as they interact with nanoscale gaps. In healthcare it is critical to be able to measure traces of molecules with great accuracy – to diagnose or monitor the progression of diseases, check for allergens in food, or for drug testing. Visitors found out about the biosensors of the future that use nanoscale techniques to detect molecules in extremely small quantities. Lots more info and interactive activities are available at http://nanogap.nandtc.cam.ac.uk 

Cambridge Science Festival and other Outreach Events

Artist-Scientist Engagement

Audio film series involving NanoDTC students and associates, showing glimpses of the natural and man-made world in stunning close-up. Produced by University of Cambridge Communications Office.