A Huddersfield university scientist is swapping life in the lab for a month in a newsroom.
Forensic anthropologist Dr Anna Williams, an expert on human decomposition, has won a place at leading magazine, New Scientist.
Dr Williams is heading to London to be mentored by journalists in a bid to boost her skills at communicating research.
The senior lecturer, who has made several appearances on TV science programmes, said she was looking forward to sampling life as a reporter.
And while she already writes a blog she said the challenge of researching and writing about subjects well away from her specialist area would be a major benefit to her work in the future.
“It will be very useful for helping me to put complicated science concepts into easily accessible language,” said Dr Williams.
“I was very pleased because New Scientist is highly prestigious.
“It is about better public engagement with science and improving our communication skills in general.”
Dr Williams has carried out consultancy work for police forces and human decomposition and the vital information it supplies to crime scene investigators is one of her key research areas.
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