Applicant Department Award Project
Dr Chioma Achi​ Veterinary Medicine £1500 Strengthening participation of poultry farmers in North-Western Nigeria in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Chioma will engage with poultry farmers in Kaduna State, Nigeria, to enable them to gain better understanding of the dangers of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This aims at improving global public health. The project will leverage existing collaboration through the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), and is based on ongoing research into the genome of AMR Salmonella. 

Dr Aude Belin-Rauscent Psychology £610 Become a neurosurgeon and learn the procedure used to implant life changing deep brain stimulating electrodes!

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Aude will use a neurosurgeon role play experience to visualise the complex ‘puzzle’ structure of the brain. The brain is composed by interconnected regions, which all play a specific role, the alteration of which results in functional deficits manifested as the symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders. The hands-on activity will help to increase the awareness of the importance of animal research in the development of new therapeutic strategies.  

Thomas  Matthews Boehmer Archaeology £600 Under Our Feet: Retracing Ancient Lives

‘Under Our Feet’ stems from a concern that important aspects of the UK’s more distant past are overlooked due to a lack of signposting. Archaeology destroys features in the act of digging them, and excavated materials often disappear into (publicly inaccessible) storage. This can make us forget features of the past, as the space which they occupied is turned over to new uses. Thomas will engage with Cambridge residents and tourists by using chalk drawings and boards to highlight spaces of history within the city.

Dr Laura Davies English £1440 A Good Death: Literature as Reflective Resource for End-of-Life Care Practitioners

Laura will engage with end-of-life/bereavement care practitioners as part of an inspiring one-day knowledge exchange event. This will enable them to explore and directly co-create a text-based resource combining the professional practice and experience of end-of-life CARE practitioners with research on the enriching properties of death writing.

Dr Tanja Fuchsberger Psychology £1350 Memories - how they come and go, or sometimes get lost
Our memory defines who we are. Yet there are many open questions concerning how memories are formed and retained in the brain — how does it happen that some memories are stored only for a little while before they fade away, whereas others stay with us for a lifetime? Tanja’s work focuses on Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In close collaboration with relevant charities, Tanja will create a short film that portrays research on the mechanisms of memory and how it relates to finding treatment strategies for AD.
Dr Maziyar Jalaal Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics £800 Optics for Everyone 

Optics plays an essential role in our daily life, from our eyes to our cell phones. Maziyar is using an optical system to visualize algae algal blooms, and their threat to global health. Working with school teachers and children between the age of 5 and 17, Maziyar will use Optics for All (OfA), a modular low-cost toolkit, to make optics education accessible, fun, and memorable for students and science teachers.

Catherine Jones Psychology £650 In Conversation with Fathers 

Catherine will organise a panel discussion with fathers who are highly involved in childcare, which will be recorded live and turned into a podcast. This will help to spark conversations about the roles of fathers in caregiving among expectant and new parents or those considering starting a family in the future.

Dr Ulla Sovio Obstetrics & Gynaecology £760 It takes 3 to Tango: Key players for a successful pregnancy

Ulla will host an informative, interactive and entertaining public engagement event at the Cambridge Science Festival to provide basic information about pregnancy and associated research. In particular, she will develop displays focusing on maternal health, placental function and fetal growth.

Danika Parikh Archeology £1000 RePresent 

Danika will work on voicing ‘untold histories’ from the perspective of minority communities living within Cambridge. This builds on decolonial and anti-racist research done at the collections at the University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA).

Dr Teresa Perez Asian and Middle Eastern Studies £1492 Valuing plastic: Evaluating the potential to derive economic, environmental and social value from plastic waste in South Africa  
Teresa will collaborate with church and women's networks in South Africa to identify ways in which local residents can be incentivised to consume less single-use plastic and donate their recyclable plastic. Through participant observation, public forums and focus groups, Teresa and her collaborators will help establish the recycling initiative, identify challenges to plastic recycling in townships, and help develop best practice. This is done with a view to cross-fertilising similar initiatives across Southern Africa, South East Asia and the Carribbean.
Hamish Symington Plant Sciences £450 Flower Power: breeding crop plants that are better at being pollinated
Hamish will develop a freely downloadable, easily accessible app that lets users experience and retrace Hamish's research into crop plant breeding and pollination. Users will be prompted to make choices, try out different plant variations, let bees fly around between different plants - and thus learn about key challenges in the context of a worldwide decline in insect populations, but also about experimental research as conducted at Cambridge.
Erin Whitcroft English £1412 Collaborative Choreography
Erin and her collaborators from the Cambridge-based charity "Arts and Minds" will deliver dance and poetry workshops for 15 young women (14-15 years old) encountering difficulties with confidence and negative body image. By engaging the participants through dance and poetry, Erin aims to make a positive contribution to their body image. By enabling them as ‘choreographers’, she hopes to develop their confidence. 
Rebecca Haboucha Archaeology £334 Workshop on Climate change and cultural heritage in the Dehcho Region, Canada
Rebecca will engage indigenous communities in Canada on the results of her research into their perceptions of cultural heritage in the face of climate change, in which these communities played a key role as interview partners. Rebecca will deliver a three-part workshop and produce an easily accessible booklet to communicate her findings and discuss their implications.




The 2019 Public Engagement Starter Fund projects are supported by:

Research England The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF3)