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Nicola Stock

The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Public Engagement Officer
Edinburgh
I am the Public Engagement Officer at The Roslin Institute and Project Lead for The Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC). My job is to lead on public engagement with research activities at The Roslin Institute and I am delighted to have EBSOC up and running after almost four years of planning!
I’ve worked in science communication and engagement for over ten years, but I started out as a scientist, studying biology and infectious diseases at the University of Cambridge, followed by work in a research lab at the University of Leeds and a PhD in Molecular Virology at the University of St. Andrews. My first experience of science communication was as a volunteer docent (visitor guide) at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, while I was working as a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University.
I enjoyed working with visitors to the museum so much that I decided to leave my career in the research lab and work in science communication full time, first as a Science Explainer at the Centre for Life in Newcastle and then as their Education Officer and Education Manager. I enjoy all types of science engagement and led a wide range of projects at Centre for Life, from hands-on maths and early years science to schools outreach and the UK-wide Hands-on DNA project, so when the opportunity to join The Roslin Institute came up in autumn 2012 I jumped at the chance to combine my background in research with my science communication skills.