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PhD researcher at the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival


IF Oxford is a science and ideas Festival packed with inspiring, entertaining and immersive events for people all ages. PhD researcher, Zahra attended the festival. Here she shares what motivated her to get involved.

I am thoroughly interested in social communication, as it plays a vital role in fostering connections, understanding diverse perspectives, and building meaningful relationships in today’s interconnected world.

Since this social event spanning technology, art, and science not only entertains but also encourages children and their families to embark on a journey of discovery, igniting curiosity and imagination, I was really interested in being one of the team members. It was a new and interesting experience for me.

Were there any stand-out moments for you?

I found great satisfaction in elucidating experiments to audiences of varying age groups. Particularly engaging were the interactions with younger children, although simplifying explanations presented a challenge. Yet, witnessing their enthusiasm for these novel concepts was immensely rewarding.

In essence, we played a pivotal role in the overarching event, fostering a welcoming and educational atmosphere where both children and families could interact with researchers and creative professionals, experiencing captivating experiments first-hand.

Did your activity relate to your PhD, in what way?

Engaging in conversations and simplifying the explanation of my research project has proven invaluable to my research journey. Additionally, our diverse array of experiments catered to audiences of all ages. It reaffirmed the importance of effective science communication in inspiring curiosity and promoting lifelong learning, driving my passion for engaging with diverse audiences on complex topics in accessible ways.

Do you have any advice to others thinking of participating in outreach activities?

This initiative cultivates social connections by offering a platform for researchers to share their scientific knowledge and ideas with the public. Moreover, it proved to be an enjoyable experience for us, serving as an interactive forum where children could freely question experts, engage in entertaining activities, and explore exciting new experiments.

Zahra Karimi

Written By: Zoe Nimmo

Zahra is PHD researcher and part of the FoodBioSystems Doctoral Training Partnership which is funded by the BBSRC. She has collaboration with the Queens university of Belfast for her current project on food authenticity and Bioinformatics. She also published 9 Journal papers and 8 oral and poster presentations. Furthermore, she is co-supervisor of a MSc group project.

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