|2020||Dr Doroteya Vladimirova||Engineering / Institute for Manufacturing||£1500||
Purpose beyond Profit
|Doroteya will engage with small companies, responsible entrepreneurs and start-ups to help them re-define the future post-crisis direction of their business. Doroteya will design and produce an online workshop entitled “Purpose beyond Profit.” Building a business focused on purpose has never been a more urgent business strategy. Strong purpose statements flow from the impact generated by the business through its products, services, and behaviours. In this practical workshop, participants will follow a robust step-by-step approach to develop a clear purpose statement to help them secure support from critical stakeholders. This online workshop stems from Doroteya’s research on sustainable business models and her in-person workshops.|
|2020||Ms Sharmila Parmanand||Gender Studies (POLIS)||£1500||Reflecting on 20 years of the Palermo Protocol: lessons learned and future directions in anti-trafficking|
Sharmila will work with the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women to produce and host at least ten episodes of video or audio podcasts that feature conversations with activists, scholars, and bureaucrats who work in anti-trafficking. These conversations examine 20 years of anti-trafficking practice since the adoption of the UN Palermo Protocol, and explore issues such as upholding the safety of migrant workers using a rights-based framework, the effects of raids, rescues, and rehabilitation interventions on sex workers, and donor accountability. Interviewees and other interested parties will be invited to reflect on these episodes in articles or blog posts.
|2020||Dr Clare Oliver-Williams||Public Health & Primary Care||£1500||The ties that bind: Pregnancy Complications and Heart Disease|
|Clare Oliver-Williams and the artist Shady-Illustrations will further their partnership from Cambridge Creative Encounters to produce art depicting women with pregnancy complications having a greater risk of heart disease.
We will engage patients in the creation of images and a digital resource pack, that includes the images with text. The images will be displayed in hospitals and in the Cambridge Festival. The resource pack will be distributed to national organisations. A concise and hopeful written message will be included with the artwork and in the resource pack providing guidance to women about how they can improve their heart health.
|2020||Dr Safet Hadzi Muhamedovic||Divinity||£1500||Shared Sacred Landscapes: Interfaith Dialogues in Cambridge|
|Safet will develop an exhibition of anthropological photography, a public symposium and an interactive website to further our understanding of sacred environments shared by different religious communities. Inaugurated during the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week in 2021, the exhibition will showcase diverse examples of co-orchestrated rituals, feasts and shared sacred spaces that speak of rich historical and present-day encounters in the polities increasingly partitioned along the lines of religious identity. Building upon Safet’s ethnographic research of syncretic religion in the Mediterranean, the symposium will consider the importance of shared landscapes and their main obstacles in different contemporary contexts. The project will also establish a partnership and knowledge exchange between the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme (CIP) and the Cambridge Central Mosque.|
|2020||Dr Irene Fabry-Tehranchi||University Library, Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics||£1500||Cambridge University Library’s caricatures of the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune, 1870-71|
|Irene Fabry-Tehranchi and Nick White will organise a physical and online exhibition of caricatures of the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune, 1870-71 at Cambridge University Library (May-June 2021). We want to foster public engagement with the events and their significance by producing a film explaining and demonstrating illustration printing techniques set in the library historical printing rooms. We will share the film with Cambridge History and Arts AS-level classes and invite them to visit the University Library’s historical presses, teaching them through primary historical sources, using historical games produced during the Commune.|
|2020||Mr Charles Emogor||Zoology||£150||Pangolino: An awareness-raising initiative to increase knowledge about pangolins through art and science communication.|
|Charles will use art and science communication to raise awareness of the conservation status of the pangolin – simultaneously one of the world’s most trafficked, yet least known wild mammals. This project will make his PhD work on the white-bellied pangolin in Nigeria more accessible to the public (primary/secondary school students in Nigeria and UK, and hunters in Nigeria). Students will create and share pangolin art through dedicated channels. Additionally, alongside hunters, students in Nigeria will be mobilised to celebrate 2021 World Pangolin Day. These hands-on experiences will help mobilize support for pangolin conservation and ultimately contribute towards reducing pangolin decline.|
|2020||Dr Gilly Carr||Archaeology||£1472.50||Crowdsourcing 1940 – 1946: A community project in the Channel Island of Alderney|
|Dr Carr seeks to collect material, through crowdsourcing, for an online, interactive map of Alderney (funded elsewhere) to showcase the multi-layered history of sites related to both the Nazi occupation during WWII and residents' experience of ‘Homecoming’ after the war. We will invite islanders to submit their own stories and photos related to place, and we will add images and historical material about the Holocaust history of the Island to accompany this. This will encourage residents to accept equally these two distinct histories of the Island while tying the sites into a global, critically important Holocaust memory.|
|2020||Eng. Mariam Makramalla||Education||£1350||Why Learn?|
|Mariam will work on a public engagement project that stems from the findings of her recent PhD. It aims at promoting a whole societal re-think of the value and purpose of schooling in Egypt. The project targets to promote awareness about the core essence of learning, thereby shifting the societal perception of the school mainly acting as a “certification institution”. This target is to be achieved through local collaborative partnerships with schools and the media. The aim is to raise awareness by triggering public debate amongst various platforms of engagement.|
|2020||Ms Colleen Rollins||Psychiatry||£1480||Sound and Vision: A collaboration between service-users, artists and the public to explore the lived experience of hallucinations|
|Colleen will coordinate Sound and Vision, where local artists and patients with schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease will collaboratively create artworks on their hallucinatory experiences to catalyse conversations with the public about our perceptions of the world. Artworks will be displayed at UK Science Festivals and as a digital (on-line) presentation with a variety of material explaining the current science on hallucinations. The public will be encouraged to complete on-line surveys collecting structured information on their personal experiences. This unique dataset will be the origin for exploration of the content of hallucinations across mental health and illness.|
|Dr Chioma Achi||Veterinary Medicine||£1500||Strengthening participation of poultry farmers in North-Western Nigeria in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.|
Chioma engaged 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 leverages existing collaboration through the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), and is based on ongoing research into the genome of AMR Salmonella.
|2019||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 uses 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 help to increase the awareness of the importance of animal research in the development of new therapeutic strategies.
|2019||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 engaged with Cambridge residents and tourists by using chalk drawings and boards to highlight spaces of history within the city.
|2019||Dr Laura Davies||English||£1440||A Good Death: Literature as Reflective Resource for End-of-Life Care Practitioners|
Laura engaged with end-of-life/bereavement care practitioners as part of an inspiring one-day knowledge exchange event. This enabled 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.
|2019||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 created a short film that portrays research on the mechanisms of memory and how it relates to finding treatment strategies for AD.|
|2019||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 used Optics for All (OfA), a modular low-cost toolkit, to make optics education accessible, fun, and memorable for students and science teachers.
|2019||Catherine Jones||Psychology||£650||In Conversation with Fathers|
Catherine organised a panel discussion with fathers who are highly involved in childcare, which will be recorded live and turned into a podcast. This helped to spark conversations about the roles of fathers in caregiving among expectant and new parents or those considering starting a family in the future.
|2019||Dr Ulla Sovio||Obstetrics & Gynaecology||£760||It takes 3 to Tango: Key players for a successful pregnancy|
Ulla hosted 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 developed displays focusing on maternal health, placental function and fetal growth.
Danika worked on voicing ‘untold histories’ from the perspective of minority communities living within Cambridge. This built on decolonial and anti-racist research done at the collections at the University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA).
|2019||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 collaborated 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 was done with a view to cross-fertilising similar initiatives across Southern Africa, South East Asia and the Carribbean.|
|2019||Hamish Symington||Plant Sciences||£450||Flower Power: breeding crop plants that are better at being pollinated|
|Hamish developed a freely downloadable, easily accessible app that lets users experience and retrace Hamish's research into crop plant breeding and pollination. Users are 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.|
|2019||Erin Whitcroft||English||£1412||Collaborative Choreography|
|Erin and her collaborators from the Cambridge-based charity "Arts and Minds" delivered 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 aimed to make a positive contribution to their body image. By enabling them as ‘choreographers’, she hopes to develop their confidence.|
|2019||Rebecca Haboucha||Archaeology||£334||Workshop on Climate change and cultural heritage in the Dehcho Region, Canada|
|Rebecca engaged 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 delivered a three-part workshop and produce an easily accessible booklet to communicate her findings and discuss their implications.|
The 2020 & 2019 Public Engagement Starter Fund projects were supported by:
Research England The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) & UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Impact Acceleration Accounts EPSRC IAA