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Roger Highfield: How to Engage with Millions of People

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Scientists often discuss public engagement but usually consult professors of public engagement, some of whom struggle to engage with the peer group in their ivory tower, let alone the legions of lovers of the Kardashians. What does public engagement really mean?

Roger Highfield was appointed in 2011 and is currently responsible for advocacy, press and marketing across the Science Museum Group. Previously he was the Editor of New Scientistmagazine between 2008 and 2011 and the Science Editor of the Daily Telegraphbetween 1988 and 2008. Roger has published articles widely, including in Wired, Science, Observer, Sunday Times, Spectatorand Economist. He has written seven books, including two bestsellers, Can Reindeer Fly? and The Arrow of Time (with UCL Professor of Physical Chemistry, Peter Coveney) and edited two by the genomics pioneer Craig Venter.

For his doctorate, Roger became the first person to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble, while working at the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble and Oxford University. Recently he was made a visiting professor of public engagement at the Dunn School, University of Oxford and at the Department of Chemistry, UCL.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and member of the Medical Research Council, Roger won the Royal Society’s Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar prize in 2012 and over the decades has garnered many awards for journalism, notably a British Press Award.

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