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Outreach

Outreach has been part of the CNIE since the beginning.

We believe in widening diversity in all disciplines relevant to the CNIE. Our researchers take part in a variety of outreach activities and programmes to promote an interest in the design and make process at the basis of our research. We want to encourage young people to use creativity and critical thinking to solve problems relevant to societal and everyday challenges.

In our summer schools and laboratory placements we invite pupils to work on authentic projects that are relevant to them and to the world around them. Through our outreach activities we try to change the stereotyped perceptions of suitable choices and careers in young people.

Activities include work experience for 6th form students from deprived backgrounds, school visits, the Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering Summer Challenge, summer schools and the participation in the Women in Engineering Day. We work closely with the UCL Wider Participation team and the Faculty of Engineering.

CNIE researchers also reach out to the wider public by partaking in events for a non-scientific audiences, showcasing work at exhibitions and working with the media. Our Theme Lead Mark Miodownik was awarded an MBE for "services to Science, Engineering and Broadcasting".