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Ten early career researchers have been selected as Ask for Evidence ambassadors to represent the campaign at talks around the UK in 2016. The researchers, who are based all over the UK and cover a wide range of disciplines, attended a training day in October 2015 and are now looking within their communities to find opportunities to give talks about the campaign and inspire others to ask for evidence.
If you are interested in hosting a talk by an ambassador or someone else from the Ask for Evidence campaign, please get in touch.
Be sure to check here for information on the ambassadors’ progress.
For information on our latest and upcoming talks, please refer to our timetable.
Ben’s pet peeve is when advertisers, journalists and public figures make unsubstantiated claims. He’s a post-doctoral researcher at Exeter University and UC Berkeley, where he uses mathematical models to understand the evolution of hosts and their parasites.
Hamish is a doctoral researcher studying how multilingual children can use their linguistic repertoires to help them do well at school. He thinks that ‘prove it’ is one of the most powerful challenges that can be set, and loves it when someone can.
Leah is a virologist at Birmingham University, trying to work out how virus infected cells cheat death and how blocking these interactions might be used to kill cancer cells. She is passionate that science should be for everyone and that Ask for Evidence can help make this happen.
Donna is a PhD student at the University of Manchester researching the relationship between sleep and suicide. She has a long list of things she loves, but top of her loathe list is when evidence is misrepresented to sell papers, a product, a service or a policy.
Imogen is passionate about the communication of science, evidence and uncertainty. She is a veterinary surgeon and has just finished a PhD at the University of Nottingham researching what dairy farmers and vets think about vaccination.
Liam is a PhD student in computational biology at UCL and occasionally blogs at lpshaw.wordpress.com. He’s particularly interested in cases where evidence is accurate and reliable but doesn’t answer the right question.
Jess is a PhD student researching personalised medicine strategies for cancer at the University of Manchester. She has a passion for making science more accessible and wants to encourage everyone to ask questions, especially when it concerns their health.
Dr Danae Dodge
Having completed her PhD in scientific archaeology (specialising in ancient DNA) at the University of Sheffield, Danae now spends her time doing a range of science communication, public engagement and volunteer activities (Science Grrl, British Science Association/Science Brainwaves and the Scientista Foundation USA) while also personally studying science policy and related topics.
Dr Claire Marriott
Claire is a lecturer and diabetes researcher at the University of Brighton. She enjoys talking, particularly about science. Favourite topics include discussing the value of different types of evidence and how to interpret. Evidence is often the beginning of the story, rarely the end; the important thing is to get asking!
Sarah gets furious when she comes across phoney science, especially when it’s presented with convoluted pseudo-scientific jargon. As an ambassador, Sarah was a PhD student at the University of Exeter researching language variation in French-speaking Belgium. She is now working at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.