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Thanks to funding from the Wellcome Trust, Sense about Science is recruiting 20 new volunteer ambassadors around the UK to lead the second phase of the Ask for Evidence campaign. Find out how to apply here.
In 2016 ten early career researchers were selected as Ask for Evidence ambassadors to represent the campaign at talks around the UK. The researchers, who are based all over the UK and cover a wide range of disciplines, led the first phase of the Ask for Evidence campaign reaching over 50, 000 people.
Ben became an ambassador whilst undertaking post-doctoral research at Exeter University. He is now a mathematical biologist at the University of Bath. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, running, and challenging dubious claims made by the media, politicians, and advertisers.
Leah is a Public Engagement Officer at the University of Birmingham and before that was a virologist interested in how a common virus (Epstein-Barr, or EBV) can stop cells from dying in certain cancers. She is passionate that science should be for everyone and has been involved with a wide range of science communication, engagement and outreach initiatives over the past 5 years. Since becoming an Ask for Evidence Ambassador in 2015 she has taken the campaign to hundreds of members of the public and trained scores of researchers to Stand Up For Research at universities in the UK and Europe.
Steff became an ambassador in 2015. She helps to organise and speaks at a variety of events to spread awareness of the campaign. Since finishing her PhD in 2016, Steff has started working in healthcare communications as a medical writer.
Liam is a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Oxford working on the genetics of antimicrobial resistance. He’s particularly interested in cases where evidence is accurate and reliable but doesn’t answer the right question.
Beatriz Goulão has been working as a Research Fellow (statistician) at the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU), University of Aberdeen, since 2014. She is also a part-time PhD student in Applied Health Sciences in the same unit. She is passionate about science communication: Beatriz is an Ask For Evidence and STEM ambassador and is part of the Public Engagement Group in HSRU She frequently dresses up as Sherlock Holmes to teach critical thinking skills to school children in Scotland. In 2018, Beatriz was awarded the Principal’s Prizes for Public Engagement with Research in the Early Career Researcher category.
Jessica is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Gilbertson lab at CRUK Cambridge Institute, having recently completed her PhD at the University of Manchester. She has a passion for making science more accessible and wants to encourage everyone to ask questions, especially when it concerns their health.
Dr Danae Dodge
Having completed her PhD in scientific archaeology (specialising in ancient DNA) at the University of Sheffield, Danae now spends her time doing a range of science communication volunteer activities: In addition to representing the Ask for Evidence campaign she is the blog editor for the British Science Association Sheffield chapter, the social media officer for the Royal Society of Biology Yorkshire branch and the online publisher for the Scientista Foundation USA.
Donna is a PhD student at the University of Manchester researching the relationship between sleep and suicide. She has a long list of things she loves, but top of her loathe list is when evidence is misrepresented to sell papers, a product, a service or a policy.
Imogen is passionate about the communication of science, evidence and uncertainty. She is a veterinary surgeon and has just finished a PhD at the University of Nottingham researching what dairy farmers and vets think about vaccination.
Dr Claire Marriott
Claire is a lecturer and diabetes researcher at the University of Brighton. She enjoys talking, particularly about science. Favourite topics include discussing the value of different types of evidence and how to interpret. Evidence is often the beginning of the story, rarely the end; the important thing is to get asking!
Hamish is a doctoral researcher studying how multilingual children can use their linguistic repertoires to help them do well at school. He thinks that ‘prove it’ is one of the most powerful challenges that can be set, and loves it when someone can.
Sarah gets furious when she comes across phoney science, especially when it’s presented with convoluted pseudo-scientific jargon. As an ambassador, Sarah was a PhD student at the University of Exeter researching language variation in French-speaking Belgium. She is now working at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.