In 2019 the Bloom Festival in Søndermarken started an initiative for school children to spend half a day in the park learning about science and nature. I did three guided ant safaris around the park where we looked at live ants living in the park, some leafcutter ants and specimens from the Natural History Museum of Denmark. We talked about how humans and climate affect ants and how ants adapt to different environments.
Kulturnatten – Culture night
In 2017 and 2018 I spent two evenings from 18:00-24:00 talking to people of all ages about ants, biology and citizen science as a participant of the Copenhagen culture night. The culture night is an evening in Copenhagen with hundreds of events and around 100.000 participants – some of which find their way to my small stand together with the Center for Social Evolution at the Faculty of Science, which opens its doors , hearts and brains to the public.
Maritime culinary school
Between 2010 and 2013 I spent a portion of the summer along the coasts of Denmark; first in Northern Jutland, then in Northern Sealand. Every day I would bring children and grown-ups alike out into the water to look for marine life. We’d search for anything from sea weed to fish, including crabs and prawns.
Back on land, I would go over everything we had found. Telling stories to the children about life in the sea, and educating parents about the necessity for sustainable fisheries, decreased pollution and how they might contribute. The children and I would then go on to cooking crab soup, eating snails, mussels and seaweed.
Women in Science
During December 2015 and January 2016 I participated in an outreach program between Brown University and Lincoln School for girls, which paired female scientific graduate students with AP biology students from Lincoln School. The project was intended to connect the students with young women in the field of scientific research in order to expand their horizons on the many opportunities within STEM.
The students were to conduct personal interviews with their grad students and then create a poster, which was presented to their classmates and all the graduate students during a poster session held at Brown University.
While the project was of course aimed to benefit the Lincoln School students, I felt it a tremendous benefit to myself as well. During the interview I not only got to communicate my scientific interests, but also reflected on the path that had led me to choosing biology as my career when I first applied to college, the various successes and challenges I had encountered and where I thought I would end up in the future.