PhD student Amy is a Swansea Famelab winner

A PhD student from The College of Human and Health Sciences Department of Psychology has been announced as a winner at the first round of the science communication competition, Famelab 2016.

After some deliberation the panel of expert judges including academic and TV presenter Dr Rhys Jones, Professor Matt Jones who is Head of the College of Science and Wendy Sadler of Science Made Simple chose Amy Jenkins as one of the four winners.

The Swansea heats of Famelab UK saw a range of science topics being tackled in a bid to discover new talent in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Amy, who is a third year PhD student, had just three minutes to explain her research in a way that non-scientists would understand.

Amy’s PhD involves the characterisation of subjective cognitive impairment in relation to pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease, with a focus upon investigating the integrity of attention related processing in this disorder. The aim of her research is to improve the understanding of subjective ageing related changes in memory and cognition.

Amy said: “I was very nervous entering FameLab but the whole experience was fantastic! Making it through to the regional finals is very exciting and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Amy and the other finalists will now go forward to the regional final, which takes place in Cardiff on Thursday 25th February 2016 at Techniquest’s After Hours evening.  The winner of the Wales and West final will go to the Cheltenham Park Hotel on the 1st-3rd April for a weekend science communication masterclass while the overall UK final winner  will win £1,000 and up to £750 to spend on a science communication activity and also can compete in the international final at Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2016.