Over the last years, I have been more and more involved in public engagement activities. I am convinced that public engagement in neuroscience and neurotechnology should provide a holistic information landscape that allows the public to also question, criticise and debate latest headlines in the news.
Please feel free to get in touch if you are looking for a neuroscientist to take part in an outreach event involving neurotechnologies, such as EEG-based brain-computer interfaces or non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.
Imperial Fringe (Jan 2018)
Imperial Fringe’s ‘Intelligence Redesigned’ was a free evening of discovery about Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the general public with hands-on demos, crafty workshops, interactive experiments and talks for all ages. Visitors could test their mental skills on an iPad with “Cognitron” – the world’s first AI web server to test human intelligence developed by our team (PI: Dr. Adam Hampshire).
Future Forum Talk at King’s College School Wimbledon (Nov 2016)
Future Forum Talks is for teens (13-16 years) to ask questions and explore ideas. I gave an interactive presentation with the title ‘Zapping your teacher’s brain to explore the potential of neurotechnology’ on how the brain works and how neurotechnology can help to treat the ‘diseased’ or injured brain.
Panel discussion ‘A skeptical look into neurotech’ (Sept 2016)
As part of NeurotechX London, I initiated, co-organized and chaired a panel discussion about the fast growing field of neurotechnology that has created a lot of hype, misinformation and unrealistically high expectations. The aim of the panel discussion was to initiate an open dialogue in order to better understand the limits of the field, while highlighting the incredible achievements and potential that applied neuroscience could bring to the general public in the next years. Invited experts were: NeuroSkeptic, Prof Eduardo Miranda, Dr Ines Violante, Luke Mason and Tre Azam. More info about the speakers and pictures can be found here. Below is the video recording of the panel discussion:
Brain Injury ‘Meet the Scientist’ Day (2014-2016)
Yearly event to engage patients suffering from traumatic brain injury and their families in our research. The event featured tours through our labs. I demonstrated EEG and brain stimulation as potential rehabilitation methods and designed questionnaires to measure the patient everyday technology usage and their readiness to learn and use new technology.
This scheme offers hand-on enrichment activities in STEM subjects. I performed a life demonstration of my real-time functional brain imaging setup for a group of students (15-18 years). The students were able to track, in real-time, how brain activity changes in the motor cortex due to executed and even imagined finger movements
STEM World Summer School (Aug 2014)
This scheme offers hand-on enrichment activities in STEM subjects. I performed a life demonstration of my real-time functional brain imaging setup for a group of students (15-18 years). The students were able to track, in real-time, how brain activity changes in the motor cortex due to executed and even imagined finger movements. By this we could highlight the potential for using real-time neuroimaging for decoding cognitive states in humans.
Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (July 2014)
The Summer Science Exhibition is an annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology research. I was part of the organization team and in charge of the production of the video to explain our research addressing a non-expert audience. During the one-week exhibition we interactively engaged the interested public in our research.