Dr XinRan Liu awarded STFC Leadership Fellow in Public Engagement

Fellowship will help more young people develop STEM skills and learn more about the challenges of space exploration.

Congratulations to Dr XinRan Liu, who is based in the School’s Particle Physics Experiment group, and has been awarded an STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) Leadership Fellowship in Public Engagement. These Fellowships aim to support the very best scientists within STFC’s community, to undertake extended programmes of high quality, innovative public engagement, and to encourage and support leadership and capacity building for public engagement activities within STFC supported organisations.

Dr XinRan Liu is a particle physicist specialising in ultra-low radiation measurements, in particular the direct detection of dark matter. Building on the unusual environment in which his research is conducted, a laboratory located over a kilometre underground, XinRan has led the development of the Remote3 project, which aims to deliver much-needed STEM outreach to some of the most remote areas of Scotland. Pupils are helped to build and program miniature Mars rovers that they can then remotely operate in the underground laboratory. The fellowship will allow XinRan to expand the scope and reach of his project across Scotland, targeting young people to inform and influence their STEM career choices.