Students submit questions which the scientists will try to answer by the next day. Students then have live online MSN-style chats with the scientists, where they ask questions, learn more about the scientists, and let scientists know their opinions. It takes place online over a two week period. The students then vote to decide which scientist gets £500 to spend on science communication.
Target Audience: School pupils
Who Gets Involved: Practising research scientists (in academia or industry), from PhD students upwards.Also trained scientists who now work in other fields.
Timescale: Approximately 10 days. Runs twice a year. The next event will run from 13th – 24th June 2016.
Benefits: Done from the Lab / office so no wasted time. Enjoyable. Quick frequent iterative feedback.
To Find Out More: imascientist.org.uk