Tacita Croucher is the Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Manager, responsible for the development and delivery of the Institute’s Public Engagement (PE) and Knowledge Exchange (KE) strategies.
The PE strategy aims to embed engagement in research activities and support interactions between researchers and public groups. Working with a team of three engagement professionals, Tacita facilitates events and activities including science festival exhibits, schools engagement, community workshops and tours as well as bespoke projects to cater for adult, student, teacher and family audiences.
The KE strategy aims to build interactions between Institute researchers and the wider research community, including policy-makers/influencers, clinicians and charity bodies.Working with the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation team, Tacita facilitates activities including scientific showcases, research and training workshops, symposia and conferences.
Tacita joined the Institute in 2013, she holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield, where she also led an award-winning branch of the British Science Association
, Science Brainwaves
. Tacita is also a member of the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition Committee, supporting arrangements for the most prestigious UK science exhibition.She is also an active member of the EU-LIFE Science Communication working group, with close working relationships across the 13 member Institutions. Additionally, Tacita chairs the Cambridge Public Engagement Biosciences Forum, a network of PE professional across the Cambridgeshire region.