Dr Kathy Fawcett

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About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication, teaching at Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.  I have a particular focus on science communication in public spaces, including science centres and museums, but basically any physical, embodied, science-based experience. 

I am interested in exploring issues of identity, equity and inclusivity within science; the interface between formal and informal learning and the communication of climate science and social justice issues. And anything to do with plants. Oh, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

My first degree was in Botany at the University of Bristol, where I also completed a PhD on the effect on plant growth of soils contaminated with heavy metals. After a spell looking at plant responses to UK fall-out from Chernobyl I spent 13 years as a Secondary Science teacher and Sixth Form leader. I contributed to the AQA General Studies A-level programme, in particular the Science and Society modules and, with (then) Bristol Lord Mayor Clare Campion Smith, launched Bristol Girls Make It, an initiative aimed at promoting girls and women in STEM.

More recently I was Education Manager at We The Curious Science Centre in Bristol, leading the creative development of a programme of activities and events for 70,000 visitors annually. I created many innovative educational projects, including 'On Shaky Ground?', a collaboration about natural and human-induced seismicity funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and 'Earth to Mars', a UKSA-funded experience combining astrobiology and planetary mapping with robotics and coding. 

Area of expertise

Science communication, Education, Environmental and Plant Science


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