School of Physics and Astronomy

Space sounds project wins public engagement award

Dr Martin Archer has won the Public Engagement Involve Award at the QMUL Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2019.

12 March 2019

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Dr Martin Archer (middle) accepts his award

The annual awards across all subjects at Queen Mary celebrate excellence in public engagement, media relations, and academic and student enterprise. They are extremely competitive, with few out of all the nominations that are submitted being shortlisted.

The Involve Award is for activity where the public can contribute their knowledge, expertise or time to research, such as citizen science, patient involvement and collaborative research projects. This year's winner was MUSICS (Magnetospheric Undulations Sonified Incorporating Citizen Science), one of the projects within our Physics Research in School Environments programme.

MUSICS has so far seen over 35 London schools experience space weather research by listening to the sounds of Earth's magnetosphere within 6-month research projects. Last year one group of student's unexpected results were published in a scientific paper and received attention internationally.

Dr Martin Archer who devised, developed and runs the project attended the ceremony and collected the award. You can find out more about all the nominees here.