The Public Engagement Advisory Group was set up to provide strategic academic oversight of public engagement at the University. The group consists of academic champions from each of the six Schools, nominated by their Head of School, and is chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research. The group's key priorities, since formation in Autumn 2015, have been to develop public engagement with research strategy at a school level, and spearhead new initiatives including the Public Engagement with Research Awards and Public Engagement Seed Fund.

Professor Christopher Abell FRS FMedSci (Chair)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research

Professor Chris Abell is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, and Professor of Biological Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. A biological chemist, he was an undergraduate and graduate at Cambridge, before doing postdoctoral research at Brown University. Today he leads two research teams in the Department of Chemistry pioneering the use of fragment-based approaches in drug discovery, and developing microdroplets as an experimental platform. He is a cofounder of Astex (1999), Sphere Fluidics (2010) and Aqdot (2013), and was a founding director of Cambridge Enterprise.  From 2013-2015 he was the first Director of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University. Professor Abell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Vice-Chancellor's Office



Dr Sarah Dillon

Arts and Humanities

Dr Sarah Dillon is University Lecturer in Literature and Film in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. She is author of The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory (2007),  Queer Intimacies: Deconstruction  Feminism  Film (forthcoming 2018), and editor of David Mitchell: Critical Essays (2011) and Maggie Gee: Critical Essays (2015). She is Chair (Elect) of the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies and General Editor of the book series Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays. From 2014-15, she was a Public Engagement Ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement and in 2013 was selected as an Arts and Humanities Research Council / BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker. Sarah is now the presenter of two ongoing radio series: Literary Pursuits on BBC Radio 3, and Close Reading on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book. Sarah also maintains a public facing website and blog.

Faculty of English


Dr Hélène Doerflinger

Biological Sciences

Hélène Doerflinger is a biologist working on cell polarity at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK – Gurdon Institute. She has also always been interested in generating links between the public and scientists and after obtaining a Diploma in Science Communication (Birkbeck, London), she has been developing the Gurdon Institute’s Public Engagement programme. She is now a Research Associate in Daniel St Johnston’s group and the Public Engagement Coordinator for the Gurdon Institute.

The Gurdon Institute / Department of Genetics




Professor Robin Franklin FMedSci

Clinical Medicine

Robin Franklin is Professor of Stem Cell Medicine at the Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. His lab works on the mechanisms of CNS regeneration with a particular focus on remyelination, an adult stem/precursor cell-mediated process in which new myelin sheaths are restored to demyelinated axons. Using a wide range of in vitro and in vivo models, we are examining extrinsic (environmental) and intrinsic (transcriptional, epigenetic) factors that govern the differentiation of adult neural stem cells into oligodendrocytes and other glia following CNS injury. Robin Franklin is also Director of the MS Society Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair, and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute / Department of Clinical Neurosciences



Dr Ljiljana Fruk


Ljiljana is a chemist working in the interdisciplinary fields of new (bio)materials design, light triggered chemistry and nano-structuring. She has been involved in public engagement since her studies in Zagreb, and is a curator of science-inspired and art-driven exhibitions such as Future is Here (part of ExoEvolution, Globale 2015) at the internationally renowned Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany). She has co-authored several books including Molecular Aesthetics (MIT Press, 2013), with artist Peter Webel, and 3D Molecules that changed the World, with Bernd Lintermann (Karlsruhe) which accompanied an installation shown in several venues throughout Europe. In 2016 Ljiljana and Bernd launched Molecules App to be used as a chemistry teaching tool. Ljiljana has also done a series of popular science lectures and radio shows in Germany, Croatia and the UK and is continuously hosting artists from all over the world in her lab. Her most recent project involved designing "Molecular Chocolates" featuring 3D structure of selected molecules printed onto appropriately flavoured high quality chocolate, to inspire all chocolate fans to immerse themselves in the world of molecules.

                                                           Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Professor Gerry Gilmore FRS

Physical Sciences

Gerry Gilmore has been active in outreach since graduate student days. Currently he is busy with outreach from the Gaia space mission, for which he is UK Principal Investigator.

Institute of Astronomy






Dr Liz Hide

University of Cambridge Museums

As University of Cambridge Museums Officer, Liz's role is to support and develop the eight University of Cambridge Museums. She oversees the development and delivery of projects across the UCM, in particular the Arts Council England funded Connecting Collections Programme.  She takes an overview across the museums, rather than working within one or other of them, ensuring that the benefits of funding and collaboration are shared across the museums.  Ultimately, her work is about enabling more people to engage, perhaps for the first time, with our extraordinary museums and collections and the research and scholarship that lie behind them.




Professor Pauline Rose

Humanities and Social Sciences

Pauline Rose joined the University in February 2014 as Professor of International Education, and is Director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre in the Faculty of Education. She is also Senior Research Fellow at the UK Department for International Development. Prior to joining Cambridge, Pauline was Director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report (from August 2011) during which time she directed two reports on youth, skills and work, and on teaching and learning. Before becoming Director, she worked as Senior Policy Analyst with the team for three years, leading the research for three reports on the themes of governance, marginalization and conflict. Before joining the EFA Global Monitoring Report, Pauline was Reader in international education and development at the University of Sussex.

Faculty of Education



Former members

Professor Andrea Brand FRS FMedSci

Biological Sciences (2015/2016)

Professor Gillian Griffths FRS

Clinical Medicine (2015/2016)

Dr Hugh Hunt

Technology (2015/2016)

Professor Christopher Young

Arts and Humanities (2015/2016)