We are Science in Reading, formerly known as the Reading Branch of the British Science Association, an enthusiastic group of volunteers committed to delivering, celebrating and promoting Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) events in and around Reading.
Who are we I hear you cry…come meet our committee!
Chair: Katie Cooper
Katie is an Impact Development Manager at the University of Reading where she specialises in supporting academics in the physical sciences. Her research background is in geosciences and she completed a PhD at the University of Bristol looking at microbial-water-rock interactions.
Once finishing this, Katie decided to devote her attentions to science communication and worked at We The Curious Science Centre in Bristol for a couple of years. Here she found her passion for public speaking and performing, which she continues to do with an immersive science communication group, Rising Ape Collective.
Known for her boundless excitement at all things STEM, Katie is excited to be leading Science in Reading in the next step of their adventure!
Secretary: Geoff Dallimore
Geoff is a freelance European Patent Attorney. He has lived and worked in Reading for 20 years since obtaining his physics degree from University College, Oxford, specialising in cosmology and relativistic quantum mechanics.
Education has always been important to Geoff, from teaching patent law to training as a swimming coach. Since 2015, he has been a vocal online advocate for vaccines. The negativity and misinformation on social media pushed him towards Science in Reading where he is eager to make a positive impact on STEM education.
Treasurer: David Good
David worked for 25 years in the IT industry in a variety of financial, operations and business roles. He is now retired.
In 1984 David graduated from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London with a degree in Physics. He studied a post graduate course in Quantum Supergravity at Kings College, London.
David has maintained a lifetime interest in science and its application. He is particularly keen to promote the image of science in the wider community and to encourage a better understanding of the world as understood through scientific endeavour.
Reading Science Week Coordinator: Carl Edwards
Carl works on flood defence projects for the Environment Agency, and is a champion of natural flood management, river restoration, and construction innovation. Prior to this, Carl was an Archivist for many years, managing records of land change in the UK.
An experienced organiser of events, he is eager to reach new audiences during Science Week.
Social Media and Marketing Coordinator: Nancy Molyneaux
Nancy is a pharmacology student at the University of Leeds, currently on placement working as a global research assistant and clinical project administrator in late phase clinical trials. Within pharmacology, her specific interests are within neuropharmacology – being particularly interested in psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. She also have a keen interest in obstetric and foetal toxicology, in particular focusing on the effects of anti-epileptics in terms of foetal hydantoin syndrome and hopes to write her dissertation on the intricacies of bridging the gap between in-vivo animal studies and first-in-man clinical trials in regards to neuropharmacology. She also run a blog https://biomedthread.
General Officer: Ceri Brenner
Ceri is a senior application development scientist at the Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, specialising in using the most powerful lasers in the world for applications in medicine through to manufacturing. Her first degree was in Physics at the University of Oxford before going on to complete a PhD in laser-plasma interaction physics with the University of Strathclyde in 2012 and she has since been based at the CLF. Ceri describes herself as ‘solution focused physicist, driven by a passion for contributing to society through applied physics and new technology’.
Ceri also enjoys public speaking and acting as a physics ambassador and is regularly invited to speak on BBC radio as well as to give public lectures across the UK on super intense lasers and their role in society. She is very keen to promote science and technology careers and regularly volunteers for outreach activities with the Institute Of Physics’ Stimulating Physics and Girls in Physics programmes as well as being a founding member of the ScienceGrrl initiative to show that ‘science is for everyone’.
A resident of central Reading, Ceri is looking forward to chairing the committee and hopes that her experience and contacts will continue the already excellent work of the branch in bringing science to life in and around Reading and open up opportunities to communicate science to new audiences.