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Dr. Leucha Veneer

School of Engineering

C&T Building, CM225

+44 (0) 1772 89 3566

lveneer@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Engineering

Leucha is outreach co-ordinator for the EIC, organising engagement events for a wide range of external audiences, including local schools and public audiences as well as industry and policymakers. Leucha is an experienced science communicator with a background in engineering, and has previously worked in Computer Science at the University of Warwick and in History of Science and Life Sciences at the University of Manchester.

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Leucha studied Chemical Engineering at Imperial before becoming fascinated by the history of science and engineering, completing her thesis on provincial geological societies in late Georgian England at the University of Leeds in 2010. She then worked on more recent history of engineering and the geosciences, studying the development of the North Sea oil and gas industry during the Cold War as part of the ERC-funded research project The Earth Under Surveillance at the University of Manchester.

During her PhD and postdoc she also did a lot of outreach and science communication, giving public lectures, organising science festival events, working with schools and getting interested in science policy, and eventually decided to move into full-time engagement work.

She has been a member of the History of Science Section of the British Science Association since 2010, organising events for the British Science Festival every year. She has also served on the committees of the Society for the History of Natural History and the Geological Society’s History of Geology Group, organising conferences and public events on the geosciences and their history across the UK.

In 2014 she went to the University of Warwick to work in the Department of Computer Science, doing schools outreach, policy engagement and widening participation events across the Faculty of Science and with Warwick Arts Centre. She came to UCLan in July 2015.

Qualifications

PhD History of Science, University of Leeds, 2010
MSc History of Science, Medicine and Technology, Imperial, 2003
MEng Chemical Engineering, Imperial, 2002