The importance of outreach activities and its impact on general public is often underestimated by researchers in the preparation of their research proposals. An outreach plan should be included and justified on the basis of the proposal, aiming to make scientific career more attractive and improve the acceptance of innovative solutions among citizens.
This plan should be detailed but flexible enough to adjust along the project duration. It is important to propose some activities, identifying the target audience of each one, in what way and when the public will interact with project results and information about how to measure the results of these communication initiatives.
Today, I am sharing my experience as a Native Scientist mentor (www.nativescientist.com). This is a non-profit enterprise that aims at empowering immigrant communities through science outreach. Native Scientist promotes science and language learning among school pupils who have bilingual background. As a mentor, you have the opportunity to develop your communication skills while promoting a better social integration of these communities. Currently, the portfolio of languages covered in the UK includes: French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.
In my opinion, engaging with pupils in the classroom is one of the most rewarding experience you can have. These sessions can have a huge impact on students, providing living, working examples of how young people can interact with science and increasing the interest to STEM subjects. Additionally, it allows me to promote the profession of medical technology research to the next generation of potential scientists.
More information about my session: https://www.facebook.com/nativescientist1/posts/758715854229074