Blog on public engagement by Amelia Sharman

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Sharman-238x356Last month myself and three other researchers from the LSE participated in the Natural History Museum's Soapbox: Science Uncovered.

One colleague, Amelia Sharman (@AmeliaSharman), today published a blogpost titled "Leaving the comfort zone: Public engagement can help you think about your research from a fresh perspective" which gives a great overview of our experience at the Museum on the night, and the benefits of public engagement for academics.

Particularly fun for me was that Dr Sharman 'properly' mocked up the 'straw polls' that we did on the night--mine being on 'Should we colonise space?' Do check out the blog for the results--which weren't quite what I expected!

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.