On Sunday (3 June) the University brought together staff, students, and people in Reading for the Big Band Big Lunch. Jeremy Le Lean, communications officer of the Soil Security Programme, explains that research, like jazz, is often best with a live audience.
As a science communicator I attend a lot of events, but not many like the University of Reading’s Big Band Big Lunch. The music and street food vendors gave it more the feeling of carnival rather than science engagement.
The University of Reading’s Research Engagement and Impact Awards 2017 are open to all Reading researchers, with entries open until Friday 5 May.
The awards are intended to recognise and reward those who undertake or support high-quality engagement and impact activities. Entrants can be at any level in their careers, and activities of any scale are welcome.
Winners will receive a package of communications support – including film, events support and written materials as appropriate – to help progress their projects. In addition the winner of the Embark award will receive £1,000 towards their project or for personal development.