The Centre for Public Engagement has a core team of five members of staff, including the Vice Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise, Professor Peter McOwan.
You can contact the CPE to discuss our services and as any ideas or projects to involve people outside higher education with Queen Mary University of London using the details below.
You can also book a half hour slot at one of our fortnightly across the three QMUL campuses to discuss public engagement directly with members of the team.
Professor Peter McOwan
Vice-Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise
Peter is Professor of Computer Science at Queen Mary. His research interests are in visual perception, mathematical models for visual processing, in particular motion, cognitive science and biologically inspired hardware and software.
Peter has a history of involvement with public engagement, and has worked with CS4FN, an outreach project to enthuse schools about computer science research for many years. He was awarded the 2011 IET Mountbatten Medal for his work in promoting Computer Science to diverse audiences.
Executive Officer for Public Engagement and Director of the Centre for Public Engagement
Kimberley Freeman is Executive Officer for Public Engagement, and Director of the Centre for Public Engagement at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Kimberley has worked in public engagement and science communication for the past eight years, having previously been Partnership Communications Manager at the Medical Research Council (MRC), Public Engagement Manager at UCL, and Public Engagement and Publications Co-ordinator at The Royal College of Pathologists. Kimberley is co-creator of the London SciComm Socials, and mentors public engagement and science communication professionals across London.
Public Engagement Manager
Sarah is the Public Engagement Manager and leads on public engagement training, funding advice and external opportunities, and manages the CPE team.
She runs training for all staff and students, starting with a basic introduction to public engagement as well as training focussed on specific audiences and engagement methods.
Sarah has worked at the University of Surrey and the Institute of Physics, leading on their science engagement activities at events ranging from small school workshops to national music festivals. She has also spent the past 5 years working at the Science Museum in London, presenting science shows to visitors of all ages.
Sarah also has a background in theatre production, and has worked on a number of productions across the UK, including 3 years as Company and Stage Manager for a theatre company based at the Roundhouse, Camden.
Sarah has a degree in physics from QMUL, and is a member of the Institute of Physics.
Community Engagement Officer
After studying for a degree in Modern and Contemporary History at QMUL, Sarah worked within Queen Mary Students’ Union to develop the student volunteering programme (QMSU Volunteering) and other community engagement and student-led initiatives in East London.
Sarah is now working on engaging the local community with the Life Sciences Initiative and its research.
Public Engagement Officer
With a background in museum learning and interpretation, Katherine joined the Centre for Public Engagement in 2017.
Katherine is responsible for the Centre's communications, providing advice and guidance to engagement projects, and developing methods to disseminate best practice. She is the first point of contact for general enquiries, managing small grants and Public Engagement Advice Surgeries.