Knit a Neuron is a collaborative, knitting/science, art project. Knit-a-neuron goes on the road to science and craft events throughout the UK and encourages people to pick up their needles and hooks to create their very own woolly brain cells. Everyone who sits down to knit with the team get the chance to chat with neuroscientists about the brain (and the finer nuances of knitting too!). After many months hundreds of neurons were sewn together to create a sculpture which is currently on tour to raise funds for the Head Injury Therapy Endowment Fund but wil have a permanent home in the University of Bristol's brain imaging centre, CRIC (Clinical Research Imaging Centre). You can read more about my involvement in that here.
Since the summer of 2008 I have been involved with the lovely people at Geurilla Science - they bring science to music festivals; the first experiment of its kind in the UK. In short, I make edible model brains out of cake and I run tea party workshops where everyone gets a cuppa (in a proper china cup no less) and I dissect the cake-brain whilst taking about brain anatomy, history and function. .Everyone leaves with a tummy full of cake and a head full of basic introductory neuroscience. Brilliant.
More public engagement activities and press
2011-2013: ICN public engagement committee member
2012: Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition – ‘laughter lab’ demonstrator: info here
2011: Bid for ‘eye-2-eye’ Wellcome Trust Funding. Scientific advisor.
2010: Knit-a-neuron” neuroscience expert at Newcastle Science Festival.
2009: 'Bake a brain tea party’ neuroanatomy workshops at Latitude and Secret Garden Party Festival.
2008: 'Bake a brain tea party’ neuroanatomy workshops at Secret Garden Party Festival
2007: Cambridge Science Festival “exploring mind and brain” demonstrator.