I have been very fortunate to have been able to consult & work on International Science Festivals and passionate about using different cultural contexts to explore science engagement.
Working with the Edinburgh International Science Festival, I have been heavily involved in the Abu Dhabi Science Festival since it's inception in 2011. Over the last few years, this has focused on managing and developing the Local Content (workshops led by local organisations) including liaison with Abu Dhabi Education Council (now ADEK), support and training of partners along with local science communicators to take further ownership, with the 2017 ADSF having over 50% local content.
As part of the ventures, I have also been involved in Bangalore Science Festival (2014), running both a workshop, stageshow and communication training of all the science communications, ran a DNA workshop for the Saudi Festival of Creativity and Learning (2015) and was part of the World Innovation Summit Education (WISE) 2016 with a cyber security workshop with local volunteers, and as a highlight, met Michelle Obama on her visit with the young people.
I have also helped support sustainability workshops in Thailand with Traidos Three Generation Community for Learning, represented Scotland at the first Science Show International Cup in 2016 held in Aha Science Centre in Estonia and ran science ceilidh workshops and talks in Texas as part of the Exploring the Mind Through Music Fellowship.