Dr Laura Hobbs
Laura is a Research Fellow in the Science Communication Unit, developing communication, engagement and research opportunities in collaboration with researchers from the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. She also coordinates projects within the Faculty of Environment and Technology.
Research, practice and projects
Laura holds an MSci in Geology and Phd in Environmental Science (volcanology). She moved into science communication practice in 2014 and has extensive experience of science communication and informal learning for underserved audiences, particularly children under 5 and their families and adults and children with disabilities. She has worked on a wide range of projects, on topics including parental engagement, using crafts to support science learning, improving wellbeing for carers, engaging local communities and engaging children with science using computer games such as Minecraft. She has undertaken public engagement and science communication work with Lancaster University, her own project Science from the Start, the British Science Association, Imperial College London, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, the West of England Centre for Inclusive Living and the teaching resources website Twinkl, among others.
At UWE Bristol, Laura is currently working on Curiosity Connections, Women Like Me and collaborations within the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. Her research interests include informal science learning for underserved audiences, improving wellbeing, engaging with science through arts, Earth Science communication, women in STEM and engaging with science through computer games.
Laura has experience of Earth Science and Science Communication teaching and training, and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Publication, dissemination and impact
Laura has published a number of articles on her science communication work and has presented and convened sessions at conferences such as the BIG Event, Science Communication Conference and Association for Science Education Annual Conference. She also engages with the media to widen the reach of her projects, acts as a reviewer for journals such as the International Journal of Early Years Education and the Journal of Environmental Education and is a member of the Women in Science and Engineering Bristol Hub steering committee. A list of Laura’s science communication and other publications is available on her UWE Bristol staff profile.
UWE Bristol Staff Profile: Laura Hobbs