PhD student to become voice for UK science and engineering campaign
Press release issued: 9 August 2010
A PhD student has been chosen to lead a nationwide campaign communicating the impact of science, engineering and maths on our everyday lives.
Owen Rackham, a PhD student in the Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences, will attend festivals and events around the country as part of NOISE (New Outlooks In Science & Engineering), a UK-wide campaign funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Owen will also be talking to the public about his own research, which examines whether it is possible to re-programme our cells. His work could help grow new organs for transplants and reduce the risk of donor organ rejection and help alleviate the symptoms of diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Owen said: “I’ve always been passionate about science, so having the opportunity to spread the word about the importance of my research to people who might not have heard about it is fantastic.
“It’s really important that the UK maintains its position as a world-leader when it comes to innovation in science and engineering.
“Joining NOISE will give me the chance to demonstrate to the public how fascinating and important science and engineering can be. Hopefully the enthusiasm will rub off on the people of Bristol and beyond, and encourage other people to pursue a career in science.”
Further information about the campaign is available on the NOISE website.