Elizabeth Buckingham-Jeffery voted favourite scientist in online event

"I'm a scientist" is a national online event that gives school children the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of scientists. The aim is that the students see how science is used in everyday life and realise that scientists are normal, relatable people.

Elizabeth Buckingham-Jeffery really engaged school children answering online questions and scooped a prize for favourite scientist in her research area.

Events take place three times a year, and are split into themed zones. Elizabeth Buckingham-Jeffery, PDRA in our School of Mathematics is currently working on infectious disease modelling.  Elizabeth was among the panel of scientists answering questions in the Epidemics Zone during June 2017. At the end of the event, students voted for their favourite scientist and Elizabeth received the most votes and was awarded £500 to be used to further communicate her work to the public!

Elizabeth comments "I really enjoyed answering the varied, sometimes bizarre, but always interesting questions from the students! I hope I managed to convey my enthusiasm for science and show how maths can be used to save lives. As the event was entirely online, I did all this without even needing to leave the office! It was fascinating for me to see what topics really engaged the students and what they were actually interested in finding out".

Many congratulations to Elizabeth and click here to find out more about "I'm a Scientist".

 

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