Dr Chris Croly

Dr Chris CrolyProject Officer, Public Engagement with Research

Chris joined the team in May 2015. Having spent 14 years working as a historian Chris has researched and published on many different aspects of Aberdeen and Scotland’s history. During this time Chris came to realise that there is both a huge public appetite in finding out about research as well as a really important role that engaging research with the public plays in helping to shape, influence and direct research. Both research and engagement are intimately linked; each benefits greatly from the other. Chris brings to this role a love of research and engagement, of putting projects together, and of bringing research and researchers together with different and new audiences in innovative ways.

Dr Heather Doran

Heather DoranProject Officer, Public Engagement with Research

Heather has been part of the Public Engagement team since 2012. Heather began her involvement in public engagement during her PhD in molecular pharmacology at the University of Aberdeen when she was Editor and co-founder of Au Science Magazine. Heather has a real interest in how the online environment can be utilised for public engagement and in 2015 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship 2015/16 focusing on the communication of science on social media networks traveling to the USA, Japan and China to explore how major research institutes help foster online engagement. She has been involved in a number of public engagement projects involving different disciplines and audiences. She is Chair of the local British Science Association Branch leading the local British Science Week programme and is an active STEM ambassador. Heather's aim is to embed public engagement into the role of a researcher.

Dr Barbara Gorgoni

Barbara GorgoniPublic Engagement and Training Officer (Biomedical Sciences), Public Engagement with Research

Barbara joined the team in July 2015, after a career in biomedical research. She first moved to Scotland to pursue her passion for science and during her post-doctoral years developed her interest in public engagement with research and became a STEM ambassador. Barbara also joined the organisation “Understanding Animal Research” because she strongly believes in the importance of starting a dialogue with the public on this and other controversial issues. When the University obtained the Wellcome Trust Institutional Support Strategic Fund (ISSF) she had the opportunity to join PERU and become fully involved in transmitting her passion for science and research to the wider society. Her role is to develop and coordinate public engagement activities across the biomedical sciences and to train and support researchers who wish to develop their public engagement portfolio. Barbara’s role aims to promote a long-term culture change by strengthening and developing public engagement as a strategic approach within the University. Barbara also supports the public engagement programme of the newly established MRC Centre for Medical Mycology.

Dr Jen Scott

Jen ScottPublic Engagement Development Coordinator, Public Engagement with Research

Jen joined the Public Engagement team in March 2015 as Development Coordinator. A major part of her role involves research grant support, working with academics to develop ways to bring their research to a wider audience, and to develop impact within their project. Jen has worked in higher education for nine years, with previous roles in the research office and College of Physical Sciences. Jen is an Engineer by background, and worked with industry for six years, until her passion for education and research drew her back to the University sector. This encouraged a move to the public engagement with research unit where her interests are in developing new opportunities and working with academics to embed public engagement in their research projects.