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Free Wellcome Trust funded public engagement training for neuroscientists – 1st December 2011

Neuroscientists who want to get involved in more public engagement are invited to a free Wellcome Trust funded training workshop for Smarter UK. Smarter UK is an interactive discussion event for 13-16 year olds, developed by Graphic Science Ltd, and supported by a Wellcome Trust Society Award. This project aims to encourage the students to discuss the ethical implications of pharmacological cognitive enhancement. It will be delivered in schools (to 9000 students) from October 2011 to January 2013. It will take place across five areas: Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Oxford.


Participating scientists will be fully trained to take part in facilitated classroom debates which will be run by experienced science presenters from the award winning Naked Scientists. Trained scientists will each be asked to commit 1 to 5 days to take part in sessions in schools in the Cambridge area.


The project will run from autumn 2011 to spring 2013 and honoraria will be paid to participating scientists. Any neuroscience researchers from PhD students to established academics are invited to take part.

Smarter UK was conceived and developed by Graphic Science and has already been piloted successfully in Bristol and Glasgow. For more information please visit http://www.graphicscience.co.uk/what%20we%20do/dialogue/smarter_NS_info.htm 

 

Cambridge neuroscientists Professor Barbara Sahakian is the Scientific Advisor for the Smarter UK project while Dr Hannah Critchlow is on the advisory board. If you would like to know more about this project or to get involved, please contact Dr Dervila Glynn at coordinator@neuroscience.cam.ac.uk

 

 

 

Posted on 01/11/2011

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