Meet the team
Public Engagement Manager
Alice is the Public Engagement Manager at the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering, King’s College London. She is responsible for developing and delivering the public engagement strategy and programme of activity. She has a Masters in Chemistry and was a member of Questacon’s Science Circus, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from the Australian National University.
Previously she worked at University College London (UCL) and the British Science Association (BSA), delivering the Science Communication Conference and a series of public events at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre. She also developed a suite of training workshops for researchers, worked with Sciencewise on upstream engagement and partnered with Ipsos MORI on the 2011 Public Attitudes to Science Survey.
You can follow her on Twitter at @alicetg
Public and Patient Engagement Coordinator
Mel is a Public and Patient Engagement Coordinator at the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering. She facilitates researchers to deliver public activities by hosting training, leading on the CME grant scheme and overseeing the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Science (BMEIS) patient and public involvement (PPI) group. She is dedicated to engaging relevant public groups, to whom the research matters most.
Mel completed a PhD and worked as a researcher at University College London (UCL) in nanotechnology and cancer medicine. Frustrated and amused by misconceptions surrounding her academic work, she developed a passion for engaging public groups in research, working with the Royal Society, Science Museum London, Green Man festival, Wellcome Trust, Francis Crick Institute and others, to deliver events and open up conversations around science with a variety of audiences.
She transitioned into public engagement full-time, working at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education, where she developed the Centre’s first public engagement strategy and ran their annual programme of events, which aimed to meaningful involve autistic people in impactful autism research.
You can follow her on Twitter at @melissabovis
Public Engagement Officer
Bella is a King’s alumna! She studied neuroscience and is passionate about engaging new audiences with science using creativity. Prior to joining the public engagement team, she spent time at the Science Museum, London, and the Centre for Neuroregeneration at Edinburgh University. In her spare time she makes films, edits her online Zine, and has planned series of events and exhibitions for Science Gallery London as a Young Leader.
Bella is a Public Engagement Officer, working with the Centre for Doctoral Training and as the Coordinator for the King’s Engaged Research Network (KERN).
You can follow her on Twitter at @Bella9Spencer
Community Engagement Officer
Deanne Naula is the Community Engagement Officer for the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering and is also supporting the Mithras programme. She is responsible for building partnerships between the Centre, its projects and King’s local communities in Lambeth and Southwark. She works with research scientists, students and professional services staff across the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences to support engagement and collaboration with local community partners, helping to shape the research and mutually benefit those participating and beyond.
Deanne has over 20 years’ experience developing and delivering educational and community engagement programmes with a diverse range of audiences. She has moved to Higher Education from the Cultural sector, working at institutions including the Science Museum and the Museum of London.