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Ljiljana Fruk appointed to Public Engagement Advisory Group

last modified Nov 30, 2016 03:17 PM
Ljiljana Fruk appointed to Public Engagement Advisory Group

Ljiljana at the Science Festival

Dr Ljiljana Fruk has now been made an academic champion from the School of Technology on the Public Engagement Advisory Group.

The Group was set up to promote and highlight research and teaching activities beyond the University. The motivation behind it is the need to introduce new ways of engaging lay audiences with activities within the university but also to work towards finding alternative teaching tools. It aims to strengthen the culture of engaging with the public through the introduction of various initiatives.

The Group has set up a Public Engagement Award to be given to individuals and groups who have been particularly active in popularisation of their research.

The members of the board are representatives of each of the six Schools to ensure that activities are wide spread. It is chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Chris Abell.

Public Engagement Advisory Group

More on this from Ljiljana in the months to come.

Ljiljana is a chemist working in the interdisciplinary fields of new (bio)materials design, light triggered chemistry and nano-structuring. She has been involved in public engagement since her studies in Zagreb, and is a curator of science-inspired and art-driven exhibitions such as Future is Here (part of ExoEvolution, Globale 2015) at the internationally renowned Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany). She has co-authored several books including Molecular Aesthetics (MIT Press, 2013), with artist Peter Webel, and 3D Molecules that changed the World, with Bernd Lintermann (Karlsruhe) which accompanied an installation shown in several venues throughout Europe. In 2016 Ljiljana and Bernd launched Molecules App to be used as a chemistry teaching tool. Ljiljana has also done a series of popular science lectures and radio shows in Germany, Croatia and the UK and is continuously hosting artists from all over the world in her lab. Her most recent project involved designing "Molecular Chocolates" featuring 3D structure of selected molecules printed onto appropriately flavoured high quality chocolate, to inspire all chocolate fans to immerse themselves in the world of molecules.

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