Gary Kerr

gary kerr

Dr Gary Kerr

Lecturer in Festival and Event Management

Biography

Gary is a Lecturer in Festival and Event Management in the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University, where he lectures students on International Festival & Event Management degree programmes.

Gary has a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick and is completing his second PhD at the University of Salford on the social, political and cultural dimensions of science festivals in the UK. As part of his research, he has interviewed over 30 UK science festival directors. He has worked in numerous roles with various festivals including Staff Manager, Event Manager, Venue Manager, Production Coordinator, Creative Producer, and Creative Director. He was Stage Manager for the Olympics & Paralympics Homecoming Parade (2016).

Internationally, Gary has held the role of Quality Controller of the Innovator Festival (UAE) and Local Content Manager and Producer of the world-leading Abu Dhabi Science Festival. In these roles Gary consistently provided his clients with ongoing feedback on the quality of the festival’s content and ensured consistency in the delivery of a high quality festival. Gary teaches at up to 20 universities across the UAE each year and is a Visiting Professorial Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick.

As both a scientist and social scientist, Gary has extensive experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Gary has worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the African Centre for Technology Studies in Kenya where he used a mixed methods approach to evaluate a Department for International Development (DFID)-funded project investigating the uptake of a new home energy cooking technology in Nairobi. Gary has also served as a Senior Research Specialist at the Scottish Parliament and authored reports for the Parliament on the subjects of climate change & behaviour change; and genetics healthcare & public health screening.

Gary delivers science communication and public engagement training for a number of diverse clients across academia, business and charity sectors. He undertakes science communication and festival management consultancy roles in the UK and overseas, most recently in India, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Within the UK, Gary holds a number of advisory and consulting roles with some leading science festivals. He is External Evaluator of FameLab Academy: an educational programme of Cheltenham Festivals. In 2019, Gary is working as the Curator of Cheltenham Science Festival's new CyberZone.

Outside of the university, Gary is a Governor of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (one of England’s top performing hospitals) and a Governor of the Northern Care NHS Alliance (an alliance of 5 hospitals/care organisations with an annual £1.2Bn budget that provides health and social care to over 1 million people).

He is the Chief International and Operations Officer at the Journal of Science Policy & Governance, having previously served as Editor-in-Chief and before that as an Associate Editor. Gary is a Justice of the Peace for England and Wales (Magistrate), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of both the British Sociological Association and the Society for the Social Studies of Science.

Research Groups

Events

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Giving a voice to students & early career researchers in international science policy and diplomacy in the post-truth era

Other
Kerr, G., & Mauduit, J. (2019)
Giving a voice to students & early career researchers in international science policy and diplomacy in the post-truth era. https://blog.ucsusa.org/science-blogger/giving-a-voice-to-students-and-researchers-in-international-science-policy-and-diplomacy

GCHQ Cyber Zone at Cheltenham Science Festival (Curator)

Exhibition / Performance
Kerr, G. GCHQ Cyber Zone at Cheltenham Science Festival (Curator)
[https://issuu.com/cheltenhamfestivals/docs/science_festival_2019_brochure]. 4 June 2019 - 9 June 2019. (Unpublished
Step into a fascinating digital world…come into the GCHQ Cyber Zone and see what it’s like to be a code cracker, ethical hacker and cyber security expert. Escape to cyber spac...

Digital Skills Development : Effective digital profiles for researchers

Book
Kerr, G., Worsley, H., & Whitnall, D. (2018)
Digital Skills Development : Effective digital profiles for researchers
We are living in a digital era where the majority of people spend a vast amount of time on social media. So as academics it is important that we access this digital world and ...

Science festivals: knowledge making an exhibition of itself.

Other
Kerr, G. (2017)
Science festivals: knowledge making an exhibition of itself
No abstract available.

PP2ACdc55’s role in reductional chromosome segregation during achiasmate meiosis in budding yeast is independent of its FEAR function

Journal Article
Kerr, G. W., Wong, J. H., & Arumugam, P. (2016)
PP2ACdc55’s role in reductional chromosome segregation during achiasmate meiosis in budding yeast is independent of its FEAR function. Scientific Reports, 6(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/srep30397
PP2ACdc55 is a highly conserved serine-threonine protein phosphatase that is involved in diverse cellular processes. In budding yeast, meiotic cells lacking PP2ACdc55 activity...

Dissemination of Solar Energy Technologies for Rural Electrification in Kenya – Challenges & Opportunities

Report
Kerr, G., & Amakobe, W. (2014)
Dissemination of Solar Energy Technologies for Rural Electrification in Kenya – Challenges & Opportunities. African Centre for Technology Studies
Understanding the challenges and opportunities in the solar energy technology value chain is essential for key actors in order to disseminate these technologies for rural elec...

The role of protein phosphatase PP2ACdc55 during meiosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Thesis
Kerr, G. The role of protein phosphatase PP2ACdc55 during meiosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. (Thesis)
University of Warwick. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1596320
Meiosis is a specialised cell division that results in the formation of four genetically unique haploid daughter cells from one diploid parent cell. This is achieved by one ro...

Genetics Healthcare & Public Health Screening in Scotland

Report
Kerr, G. (2012)
Genetics Healthcare & Public Health Screening in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament
This briefing describes genetic healthcare services and public health screening programmes in Scotland. It includes a brief introduction to genetics in relation to healthcare;...

Climate Change: The Role of the Individual

Report
Kerr, G. (2012)
Climate Change: The Role of the Individual. The Scottish Parliament
The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 sets targets for Scotland to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, based on 1990 levels. In order to achie...

How to halve ploidy during meiosis – Lessons from budding yeast

Journal Article
Kerr, G., Sarkar, S., & Arumugam, P. (2012)
How to halve ploidy during meiosis – Lessons from budding yeast. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 69(18), 3037–3051. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00018-012-0974-9
Maintenance of ploidy in sexually reproducing organisms requires a specialized form of cell division called meiosis that generates genetically diverse haploid gametes from dip...