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Laura Hobbs

Research Fellow in SCU


Investing in the future of science: Assessing UK environmental science engagement with school-aged children (2021)
Journal Article
Hobbs, L., & Stevens, C. (in press). Investing in the future of science: Assessing UK environmental science engagement with school-aged children. Plants, People, Planet, https://doi.org/10.1002/ppp3.10250

Societal Impact Statement: Currently, there is no national overview of environmental science engagement in the United Kingdom. Children are key stakeholders in the future of science more generally and environmental science specifically. Appraising th... Read More about Investing in the future of science: Assessing UK environmental science engagement with school-aged children.

Public engagement promotes consumer choice in favour of sustainable palm oil (2021)
Journal Article
Hobbs, L., Phillips, J., Staff, A., Goss, A., Fogg-Rogers, L., & Ellwood, F. (in press). Public engagement promotes consumer choice in favour of sustainable palm oil. Journal of Oil Palm Research, https://doi.org/10.21894/jopr.2021.0033

Despite the superior productivity, utility and economic benefits of palm oil compared with other oil crops, the palm oil industry often receives negative publicity for its environmental impact. As such, there is widespread confusion over the percepti... Read More about Public engagement promotes consumer choice in favour of sustainable palm oil.

Catch 22 - improving visibility of women in science and engineering for both recruitment and retention (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Fogg Rogers, L., & Hobbs, L. (2021, May). Catch 22 - improving visibility of women in science and engineering for both recruitment and retention. Presented at PCST 2020+1, Online

There is a significant under-representation of women in STEM which is damaging societal progress for democratic, utilitarian, and equity reasons. However, changing stereotypes in STEM requires a solution denied by the problem – more visible female ro... Read More about Catch 22 - improving visibility of women in science and engineering for both recruitment and retention.

The virtual Natural History Museum: Placing digitized collections back within a museum context (2020)
Presentation / Conference
Marshall, D., Hobbs, L., Bird, H., & Bird, C. (2020, October). The virtual Natural History Museum: Placing digitized collections back within a museum context. Paper presented at GSA 2020 Connects Online

As digitization of museum collections becomes more prevalent, the question of how to utilize such resources becomes increasingly pertinent. Digital collections predominantly exist as queryable databases designed for the retrieval of specific data by... Read More about The virtual Natural History Museum: Placing digitized collections back within a museum context.

Elements of construction: Minecraft and the periodic table (2020)
Report
Hobbs, L., Bentley, S., Ashby, M., Hartley, J., Rose, R., & Power, C. (2020). Elements of construction: Minecraft and the periodic table. Royal Society of Chemistry

Minecraft is a popular computer game that allows the construction of almost limitless creations, and is used in learning contexts around the world. The widespread appeal and familiarity of the game makes it ideal for engaging children and young peopl... Read More about Elements of construction: Minecraft and the periodic table.

Exploring space using Minecraft (2020)
Presentation / Conference
Hobbs, L., Bentley, S., Stevens, C., & Hartley, J. (2020, May). Exploring space using Minecraft. Poster presented at Space Science in Context, Virtual conference

Space can fascinate children from an early age, presenting a key opportunity to engage them with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Minecraft is an extremely popular construction-based computer game with parallels and analogies to rea... Read More about Exploring space using Minecraft.