Arwyn is very active in public engagement of science. He has gained funding from both the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC to set up large public engagement activities - see below. He regularly contributes to BBC/S4C TV and Radio Cymru news programmes, is also actively engaged in discussing other aspects of science on TV and radio and also visits local schools and colleges to showcase science.
Welsh Universities Team up with the National Eisteddfod to highlight the science and importance of Pollination
This year Arwyn is involved with organising another large exhibition at the National Eisteddford of Wales in Carmarthenshire, 1-9th August 2014.
Cardiff University are preparing a number of exciting hands on activities for adults and children, including a pollen extraction laboratory. This all focuses on the sciences of honey and the detective work underway at Professor Les Baillie's laboratoriy at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to identify antibacterial properties of honey collected from different parts of Wales.
Co-ordinators of this event are the National Eisteddfods Science and Technology co-ordinator Dr Robyn Wheldon-Williams and Dr Arwyn Jones. Dr Wheldon-Williams said 'This is the first time that so many Universities in Wales have got together under one roof to address a common issue, it's a really exciting project".
More information is available here: http://www.eisteddfod.org.uk/english/2014/science-and-technology-2014/
In 2010 and 2011 he lead a Public Engagement project sponsored by the EPSRC to highlight the multidisciplinary science involved in, and potential of, tissue engineering. This £55K Partnership for Public engagement award "Tissue Engineering for Human Healing" was obtained with Dr Bob Steadman (School of Medicine) and Dr Pete Griffiths (School of Chemistry) and involved setting up tissue engineering exhibits at various locations and activities in Wales. The exhibit was launched at the 2010 National Eisteddfod of Wales in Ebbw Vale. There were a host of interactive and educational material on display at the Eisteddfod Science Pavilion throughout the week. This included a life size operations game and daily maggot races. A new Stem Cell Puzzle went on display for the next major showing of this exhibit at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Wrecsam. The Stem Cell puzzle is now part of the Public Engagement activities at Techniquest Science Discovery Centre where it is also being used for training in Public Engagement as an exemplar of making research accessible and relevant to the public.