The future of AI and CogSci depends on a continued supply of able and enthusiatic young people studying the subjects at university and being interested in moving into research. An important prerequisite for this is encouraging children and young people to take study the appropriate subjects at school and to consider research as an exciting and promising career. Interest in studying AI at university has fallen in recent years and any researcher interested in the future of AI should be concerned that this trend does not continue. There are many ways in which researchers can help. There are many funding opportunities for researchers to get involved with or create outreach projects and many opportunities for them to get involved in schools, in science festivals and in other events where they can promote their own research as a way of stimulating young people and educate about the field in general. This page includes links that might be helpful for researchers with an interest in getting more involved in this. For further details, please contact (insert my committee address).
How to get involved
- Researchers in Residence: this scheme offers you the opportunity to use your expertise as a researcher and develop your communication skills by going into a school or college and helping create quality sceince experiences for the pupils. All RinRs are trained in how to communicate their research to non-specialists and undergo a Criminal Records check.
- Science and Engineering Ambassadors The Science and Engineering Ambassadors (SEAs) Programme is SETNET$B!G(Bs flagship programme. Ambassadors are individuals from a wide variety of STEM backgrounds, from all across the UK, who offer their time, enthusiasm and expertise to help schools inspire young people. Typical activities in which Ambassadors may get involved are: * supporting schools activities such as Science and Engineering clubs * helping with school's STEM competitions, events and awards * assisting in extra-curricular STEM experiences * offering mentoring, careers guidance and positive role models * helping to provide work-based placements for teachers and students.
- Postgrad and Postdocs can get involved in public engagement and the social and ethical implications of their research by entering a poster in BA perspectives
- The Meet the scientist project holds events at science centres which enables researchers to engage in dialogue with the general public.
- FameLab is a national competition to find the UK's best new talent in sceince communication. Win a masterclass in science communication, the change to appear on Channel 4 and a cash prize of £2000.
- The Nuffield foundation offers bursaries for post-16 science students to work alongside practising scientists
- You can also apply for media and communication skills training courses that are run by RCUK.
- You can get funding of up to £2000 to support a public engagement project during Science week, which is held throughout the country.
- If you want to get involved to a deeper level, you can apply for an EPRSC Partnership for Public Engagement grant.