Swansea University’s KESS 2 scholar William Kay joins the Royal Society of Biology stand at the 2017 ‘New Scientist Live’ event.

William Kay MRSB met hundreds of members of the public between Thursday 28th September and Sunday 1st October to discuss his work and answer questions about his research as part of the “Ask a Biologist” activity during the 2017 ‘New Scientist Live’ event.

Members and Fellows of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) delivered hands-on public engagement as part of the RSB’s ‘Ask a Biologist’ exhibition activity, with thousands of members of the public visiting the stand over the four day event at ExCel, London.

Will, a KESS 2 funded PhD student at Swansea University, was one of the biologists who engaged with the public about their research over the course of the four day event. Visitors were invited to ask him: How does tracking animals help protect them from human impact?

Will Kay : Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology

Will said of the experience: “This was my first opportunity to engage with the public in such a casual and fun setting, and one on this scale, and it was a fantastic experience! The public were extremely enthusiastic and engaged fully with my mini-exhibition and it was brilliant to be able to share my research. I was particularly pleased to see such a diverse audience of all ages excited by so many different aspects of biology.”

30,000 visitors from across the country attended the annual science showcase in London. The ‘Ask a Biologist’ exhibition activity, now in its second year, has seen more than 50 biologists talk about their research using props and hands on demonstrations to help communicate scientific concepts.

As part of the KESS 2 programme led by Bangor University, Will’s research project benefits from European Social Funds through the Welsh Government and works in partnership with Natural Resources Wales.

With thanks to the Royal Society of Biology for photography and video content.