Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Public Engagement Officer







Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Ellen Dowell  is a creative producer of science engagement, curator and interdisciplinary facilitator. She works part-time for Imperial College London developing creative science engagement projects for the National Heart & Lung Institute.

Ellen has a BA in Theatre: Design for Performance from Central St Martins College of Art and Design and an MSc in Science Communication from the University of the West of England.

For 10 years (2009 - 2019) she curated and produced Einstein’s Garden, the science, nature and environment area of the Green Man Festival, she facilitated an EPSRC funded interdisciplinary collaboration programme at the University of Surrey (2010-2015), Ellen co-founded Qualia Theatre, a company making theatre inspired by science (2007-2012), and she has produced two summer festival projects at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2014 and 2015) in collaboration with Angel Exit Theatre.

Ellen has been the recipient of numerous public engagement with science grants (including a Wellcome Trust Society Award, two Wellcome Trust People Awards, a Research Councils UK Partner Festival Award and a Physiological Society Public Engagement Grant). 

As a freelance workshop facilitator, previous clients include: the Francis Crick Institute, the British Science Association, the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Tanzania and Carneigie UK Trust.

Ellen has been a trustee of Curious Directive and is a fellow of the RSA.