Smarter UK – information for neuroscientists

Smarter UK – Information for participating neuroscientists

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Smarter UK is funded by the Wellcome Trust

Smarter UK will be delivered in 20 schools in your region. Each school will receive a one-day visit consisting of three sessions.

Sessions will be delivered by experienced science presenters. Your role will be to bring your specialist knowledge to the conversation and to be on hand to answer students’ questions.

Training for neuroscientists

Any neuroscientists from PhD students to established academics are invited to take part in the Smarter UK project. You will be given public engagement training and all the support you need to make sure you go into schools for Smarter UK sessions feeling fully prepared.

Training will take the form of a free one-day workshop at your university. The workshop will help you to develop your communications skills and cover everything you need to know to make the most of your role in the Smarter UK sessions.

Time commitment

You will be requested to commit 1 to 5 days to deliver sessions in schools. Each Smarter UK session involves one neuroscientist. The project will run from autumn 2011 to spring 2013, but the majority of sessions are anticipated to take place in the 2011-12 academic year.

Smarter session structure and the role of the neuroscientist

All Smarter UK sessions will be led and facilitated by experienced science presenters. Your role will be to support them through your knowledge and expertise in neuroscience.

To start each Smarter UK session the science presenters will perform a short drama to introduce the key points.

This will be followed by a facilitated discussion where the young people will be given time to consider the varied and complex issues associated with human enhancement and develop their own opinions.

During the discussion the students will draw on your knowledge of neuroscience to inform their debate.

After this, there will be a dedicated Q&A session where the students will be able to ask you about your work and what it is like to be a scientist.

Smarter was piloted in Bristol and Glasgow in 2009. To find out more about the pilot please visit the Smarter page.


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