Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Dr Chris Croly

 Public Engagement with Research Manager

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 Barbara Gorgoni

Barbara Gorgoni Public 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.

Rachel Elliott

Barbara Gorgoni Public Engagement and Explorathon Officer

Rachel works jointly between CPD services team and PERU. She previously worked at OPITO, the skills body for the energy sector, and the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, where she managed the Scottish Government funded Developing the Young Workforce programme for the North East. Rachel has also worked for a North East MSP. Rachel has project managed EXPLORATHON - European Researchers' Night since 2020. 

Monika Dimitrova

Monika Dimitrova PERU/CPD Assistant

Monika works jointly between CPD and PERU and joined in 2021. She is a student in Business Management and Economics with an affinity for digital marketing. Monika has completed a commercial marketing internship with Centrica and a social media internship with the University of Aberdeen, where she managed the social media channels of CPD and coordinated digital advertising for PERU events. She brings to the role her passion for online advertising and sharing research events with audience in a creative way.

Isabelle Hampton-Zabotti

  Summer InternIsabelle Hampton-Zabotti

Isabelle joined the team as an intern in summer 2022. Isabelle is a student of Sociology and English and brings her passion for and interest in social change to her role. Isabelle’s internship is aimed at developing a framework for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion good practice in engagement activities. Isabelle is working towards helping the University meet its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion commitments, which Isabelle believes are vital to the University’s progression.