Laura Fogg Rogers
Laura is a Science Communication Research Fellow, developing communication, engagement and research collaboration opportunities for engineers and computer scientists in the Faculty of Environment and Technology.
Research, practice and projects
Laura Fogg-Rogers is a trained science journalist with extensive experience of working in the media and with the public. She joined the Science Communication Unit in 2013 and is passionate about engaging audiences of all ages with health, science and engineering research.
Laura is a member of the Science Communication Unit at UWE and lectures on the MSc in Science Communication. She is undertaking a DPhil in conjunction with the Department of Psychology, exploring learning through engagement at live science events.
As a science communication research fellow Laura develops communication and research collaboration opportunities for engineers and computer scientists in the Faculty of Environment and Technology. Laura is a member of the Science Communication Unit at UWE and lectures on the MSc in Science Communication. Her research interests include exploring the impact of education outreach, evaluating public engagement practices at live science events, and developing involvement in research for under-served audiences.
Her current research projects include:
- Evaluating the Impact of Education Outreach for the Royal Society
- Robots vs. Animals: Exploring the Ingenuity of Nature (supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering)
- Children as Engineers: Paired Peer Mentors in Primary Schools (supported by the Engineering Professors' Council)
- Science Live – exploring public live science events (supported by the Wellcome Trust)
Previously, Laura was the Communications and Liaison Manager for the Centre for Brain Research, a neuroscience research and engagement centre at The University of Auckland in New Zealand. She organised research collaboration between scientists and clinicians, and developed extensive public science events and communication networks. She expanded the Auckland Brain Awareness Week into the largest neuroscience event of its kind in the world.
Laura holds a First Class MSc in Psychology, with a thesis exploring participation in the CeleBRation Choir, a choir which she set up to provide Choral Singing Therapy for people with communication difficulties through neurological disease. Laura has a First Class Honours degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester. She is a trained science journalist and has previously worked for the BBC in the UK for six years.
Publication, dissemination and impact
Laura’s research interests include exploring the impact of education outreach, evaluating public engagement practices at live science events, and developing involvement in research for under-served audiences. She is very interested in cultures of public engagement in research centres, as well as facilitators and barriers to scientists and engineers participating in public engagement and outreach. Laura also publishes on audience format preferences and learning at live science events.
Laura has published extensively on Choral Singing Therapy, improving quality of life for people with communication disorders through brain disease. A video of her presenting at the AHRC Science in Culture Ignite event summarises this work. Along with her collaborators, she is keen to develop and widen engagement with this innovative community music therapy. Many of Laura’s publications are available from the UWE Research Repository - see Laura Fogg Rogers's UWE staff profile for further details.
UWE staff profile: Laura Fogg Rogers