Summer Scientist

Summer Scientist

Summer Scientist is an annual event that is one of the university’s largest public engagement activities.

It was first established in 2010 by Dr Fenja Ziegler at the University of Lincoln and is currently lead by Dr Niko Kargas. Dr Ziegler said “One of our aims in the School of Psychology is to bring the wonder of psychology to the community. Summer Scientist is an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate what psychology is all about, as well as give our academics and students the opportunity to complete research data collection”.

‌Each year, we run a Summer Scientist week for children aged three to ten years and over the years it is becoming increasingly popular. Our event offers an inclusive environment where children coming from different backgrounds and having different interests have the opportunity to partake in a variety of fun activities and research studies while at the same time learn about human development and behaviour.

Also, academic researchers from across the university work alongside selected second-year psychology students on data collection throughout the week. It is an opportunity for students to work on real and cutting-edge psychological research that is a step up from their course based studies. This offers students a great opportunity to gain dedicated experiment base experience. The findings of these projects are used to inform real academic research and are published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Dr Kargas says “It is a great opportunity for us to share and hopefully transmit our passion for learning and love for psychology to our Summer Scientist guests, as well as to inspire them to become the next generation of psychologists. Also, it offers a way for us to involve the community in the work we do as a university”.

Each year we welcome more and more children to Summer Scientist, including many who have attended the event in previous years. The most recent event welcomed around 300 children and if we include their families, we had over 800 attendees. Future events will feature many new academic research projects investigating topics such as the development of altruism, language, motor control, risk behaviours, sensory perception, cognition, and interactive educational technologies. 

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