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Students vote physicist the winner in 'I'm a Scientist'

April 2016

 

In June 2015, Dr Andrew Scott, senior physicist in the NIHR Royal Brompton Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, took part in I’m a Scientist, get me out of here.


This is the UK’s largest live, online science engagement event where students meet and interact with scientists.

Dr Andrew Scott, CBRU, physicist
Dr Andrew Scott, senior physicist, Royal Brompton Biomedical Research Unit


Students and scientists get involved in Facebook-style chats over a period of two weeks. with students voting for their overall favourite scientist in each science zone. Each winner receives £500 to spend on public engagement and Andy received the most votes to win in the health zone.

 

Dr Scott was delighted, "I signed up for 'I’m a Scientist' because it sounded like a great way to talk about science and a bit of a change from my usual job. I never expected that I would actually win and can’t wait to start this new exciting project. 


"I plan to use the prize money to fund a stand at next year’s Imperial College Festival, designed and run by a team of school students."

 

Matthew Round, CMR Unit administrator
Matthew Round, CMR Unit administrator

Further success in 2016


In March 2016, Matthew Round, who works as an IT systems administrator in the cardiovascular magnetic resonance unit, was announced winner of I’m an Engineer, get me out of here.

 

Matthew said, “The whole event was a fantastic way of engaging young students in STEM subjects, I’m very proud to have won and hopefully helped a few careers on the way towards engineering in information technology .

 

"I was the only engineer in the competition that didn’t have a PhD so I was very much the underdog, however, all the exciting things we do in research here at Royal Brompton Hospital was of great interest to the students.”

 

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