Cell Block Science (CBS) brings informal science learning to the learning centres of 6 Scottish prisons, and provides a platform for researchers to develop confidence and skills in engagement. Researchers, in collaboration with a project officer, develop and deliver individual sessions, and engagement between sessions is sustained through popular science books and textbooks. Cell Block Science also engages with learners’ families through family learning programmes and family visits.

Mhairi Stewart

University of St Andrews

Dr. Mhairi Stewart is the Head of Public Engagement with Research at the University of St Andrews. She has a research background in molecular parasitology and has held postdoctoral positions in Scotland and Germany. She moved into roles in public engagement while at the Wellcome Trust Centre in Glasgow University, joining St Andrews in 2015 as a public engagement officer, becoming Head of PE in 2016 building public engagement strategies for individuals, academic schools and the institute.

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