On January 16th, 2024, the inaugural King’s Engaged Researcher Awards ceremony marked a historic celebration of excellence in public engagement at King's College London. Hosted by the King’s Engaged Research Network (KERN), the event recognized outstanding achievements across the university.
Among the winners was Phoebe Reynolds, a PhD student in the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, for the category ‘Early Career Researcher’. Phoebe received the award for her innovative and captivating approach to science communication and public engagement. Her work not only demonstrated excellence but also transcended traditional boundaries to impact diverse audiences.
Phoebe received the following feedback from the KERA judging panel: “The panel highlighted the nominee's long history of public engagement and engaged research which they are bringing to King's. It was clear that they have inspired fellow colleagues, are committed to increasing the access of STEM to those from underserved groups, but also are able to adapt their approach to work in a range of settings, reaching diverse audiences.”
Operating at the intersection of science and creative practice, Phoebe employs unconventional methods such as stand-up comedy and pantomime to make neurobiology research accessible to a broad spectrum of people. Her ability to blend entertainment with educational content has proven instrumental in breaking down barriers and fostering a deeper understanding of complex scientific concepts, while showcasing the transformative power of engaging with communities through innovative methods.