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Arwyn Jones : Public Engagement with Science

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.

Arwyn with young scientists at the 2010 Tafwyl Festival
Arwyn with young scientists at the 2010 Tafwyl Festival

The Stem Cell Puzzle shown here was a major attraction and the 2011 Wrexham Eisteddfod.
The Stem Cell Puzzle shown here was a major attraction and the 2011 Wrexham Eisteddfod.

Model cells made by children at the 2010 Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale
Model cells made by children at the 2010 Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale

Arwyn Jones demonstrating micro engineering at the 2010 Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale
Arwyn Jones demonstrating micro engineering at the 2010 Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale

Arwyn Jones and the operation game at the 2010 Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale
Arwyn Jones and the operation game at the 2010 Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale

Arwyn presenting at the 2010 Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale
Arwyn presenting at the 2010 Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale

Pharmacy Students Acting out Wound healing at the Green Man Festival 2011
Pharmacy Post-graduate students at the Green Man Festival

Arwyn Jones and the Tissue Engineering team at the 2010 Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale
The Tissue Engineering team at the 2010 Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale

Arwyn Jones TIM WRECSAM
The Public Engagement Team at the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham.


Green Man Festival

Tissue Engineering was also on display in a completely different format when Arwyn Jones and his team joined up with The Green Man Festival and acting group Angel Exit Theatre. Here Cardiff University students (aka the Scar Hunters!) introduced key principles of wound healing by acting out the processes involved, using for example stage make-up to recreate skin lacerations. Following the event, the organiser wrote to say: Thank you so much for being involved with Science at Play this year in Einstein's Garden. I have had some great comments about the scar collectors including some people saying it was their favourite thing of the festival.

It was also highlighted in the New Scientist Culture Lab Blog

Public Engagements 2008/9

In 2009 Arwyn designed and organized the construction of the worlds longest model of DNA at the National Eisteddfod in Bala - for more information see News Item .

In 2008 he was awarded a Wellcome Trust 'People award' for public engagement with science jointly with Dr Robyn Wheldon-Williams of Bangor University to organise a stem cell exhibit at the 2008 National Eisteddfod of Wales in Cardiff August 2 - 9th. He was also invited to present the main science lecture at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod.

 

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