We are pleased to announce that the 2014 ICG/SEPnet Postgraduate Student Outreach Award is awarded to David Wilkinson, for his significant involvement and leadership of outreach activities during his time at ICG, especially since he became the ICG Student Outreach Representative (Jan 2013). As well as participating in many of the ICG outreach events, David has played a key role in helping to develop and plan activities to build a coherent outreach and public engagement program at ICG, and has also played an important role in training less experienced PhD students in delivery of outreach.
David hopes to use his prize in both an outreach and a research capacity, highlighting the benefits and importance of outreach for skills training and professional development for researchers, particularly for PhD students. He plans to draw on his experiences of outreach at the ICG to raise the profile of outreach as a useful training experience among researchers.
As David is now just under a year from the end of his PhD he has decided to step down from his formal outreach role to focus on his research. We are therefore looking for the next Student Outreach Representative. Interested candidates should talk to Jen and/or Karen.