Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


Balancing STEMM careers with media and outreach

11 November 2019, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Media and outreach

Sarah Bell, Kevin Fong and Mark Miodownik discuss how they balance their media and public engagement work with their clinical and academic careers.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students






UCL Faculty of Engineering – Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


Room 1.02
Malet Place Engineering Building
2 Malet Place
United Kingdom

Communicating your work and enabling a wider audience of laypeople to engage with scientific research is both incredibly rewarding and increasingly important. If you've considered the impact that wider media coverage of your scientific field could have, but aren't sure how to successfully balance those efforts of public outreach with a busy career in STEMM, this seminar is certain to inspire you whether you are a UCL student or member of staff.

The three speakers in this seminar are established and active in their STEMM careers, while also maintaining successful roles as science communicators. From BBC documentaries to writing books and columns in The Observer, they have delved into almost every form of media between them to reach a large number of people around the UK and the rest of the world.

Find out how they balance their media, engagement and outreach with their work in civil engineering, material sciences, and clinical medicine. Plenty of time will be allocated to discussion and Q&A, so bring your most burning questions and join us on the 11th November.

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About the Speakers

Dr Kevin J Fong OBE

Kevin Fong is an experienced science communicator who has worked on several TV documentaries including Horizon and Extreme A&E. Like many others, Fong started out in a STEMM career with a fascination for space. Now a Consultant Anaesthetist at UCLH, he also founded the UCL Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme environment physiology (CASE) in 2000. Find out how he balances his interests in medicine, space, and communications.

Prof Sarah Bell

Sarah Bell is a Professor of Environmental Engineering at the Bartlett, and an EPSRC Living With Environmental Change Research Fellow. She investigates bottom-up approaches to community engagement in infrastructure provision, with a particular expertise in urban water systems. Her latest book, “Urban Water Sustainability: Constructing Infrastructure for Cities and Nature”, was published in 2018 by Routledge.

Prof Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik writes a column in The Observer, regularly presents programmes for the BBC, and has won awards for his work in outreach and public engagement with science. A materials scientist and Professor of Materials & Society at UCL Mechanical Engineering, Miodownik successfully pursues his passion for research and academic pursuits alongside his work in public engagement and media.