I have had a longstanding interest in science outreach and engagement and I am currently the ATLAS Outreach co-Coordinator working along side Steve Goldfarb.
This is why I think science outreach is important:
- We must inspire the next generation of scientists, who will be vital for technological advancement and addressing developmental and environmental issues;
- We must disseminate current scientific research to the public, propagating the scientific culture;
- We must outreach to those that have less access to scientific research and to educate and inspire young people from minority groups in science, including women and girls, young people from poorer economic backgrounds, and young people from ethnic minority groups poorly represented in the scientific field.
Here are some of my activities:
- ATLAS Outreach Coordinator
- Member of the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG)
- I have organised numerous school visits to CERN, incorporating lectures, mini-masterclasses and tours. Visit the CERN Outreach site.
- I have organised numerous particle physics masterclasses, including as part of the international masterclasses held in spring each year.
- I am a CERN Guide and have worked with the CERN Microcosm and Globe.
- I have been involved with various science festivals such as Royal Society Summer Exhibition, Imparare Sperimentando in Italy, CERN Open days, Sheffield Winter Gardens Science Festival and numerous British Science and Engineering Weeks.
- I was the host of a short film about the International Particle Physics Masterclasses.
Recent Public Lectures:
- “Back to the Big Bang: The ATLAS Experiment at CERN”, as part of the Ireland for CERN campaign, Trinity College, Dublin, March 2014.
- “Discovery of the Higgs Boson with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC”, Birzeit University, Palestine, October 2013, (a report is here).
- “The Search for the Origin of Mass”, An-Najah University, Palestine, November 2013.
- “Particle Physics at ATLAS and the Large Hadron Collider”, series of public lectures at 3 universities in Gaza, Palestine, Winter 2013.
- “Back to the Big Bang”, University of Constantine 1, Algeria, May 2013 (poster).