Communication Officer – Science Media & Engagement
Place of work / study:
Alzheimer’s Research UK
What does your work involve:
The Science Media & Engagement team at Alzheimer’s Research UK works to share dementia research with a variety of audiences, to highlight the progress being made in the field and the work of scientists funded by the charity. This involves producing press releases, blogs, videos, illustrations and other content to explain research to lay audiences and our supporters, through a variety of channels including the media, social media and online. My role focuses on public engagement, and I organise our presence at events where we can talk to people about dementia, breaking down the myths that surround the condition and showcasing the power of research to change the future for people affected by dementia. My role is varied and fast-paced, and I often find myself travelling around the UK to give talks and deliver events.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’ve always been fascinated by human health and disease, particularly of the brain, and this led me to doing my PhD research in which I investigated axonal degeneration in a Drosophila model of tauopathy. During this time, I discovered that I was more suited to talking about research than doing it, finding myself doing an increasing number of outreach and engagement events. I was delighted to get my role at Alzheimer’s Research UK after my PhD (I’ve said the words dream job a few times), and I love sharing my passion for research with anyone and everyone.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I love baking and have made some science-themed novelty bakes over the years, including brain cupcakes, electrophoresis gingerbread and Drosophila cake!