Our laboratory fosters communicating science to the public while encouraging and empowering young scientists to take part in public engagement themselves. Professor Molnár uses a variety of different engagement media including open digital resources, public exhibitions and lectures to reach the widest possible audience.
Zoltán has a particular interest in the history of neuroscience and is enthusiastic about putting historical material in context so that people can understand its relevance today.
Together with Dr Damion Young, he was co-founder and editor of the History of Medicine website for the University of Oxford. This website contains videos of 19 history of neuroscience lectures that he organised and recorded and 7 further lectures of the Symposium on the History of Understanding of the Cerebral Cortex, that he organised at St John’s College, Oxford.
Through this website, he has also pioneered making historical scientific artefacts and instruments available to the public through a number of digital projects. These include a project funded by the Wellcome Trust and FENS to make the contents of Charles Sherrington’s slide box and Le Gros Clark’s neuroanatomy teaching slides available to the public.
This website also includes digitised objects, instruments and documents. Of particular note are a series of 360 scanned objects and instruments that can be rotated and examined by the public online. The site also provides open access to collections of scans of letters between famous neuroscientists including Sherrington, Eccles, Cushing, Florey, Ruffini and Pavlov.
Zoltán has also written many highly accessible articles on the lives of scientists including Charles Sherrington, Thomas Willis, Ivan Pavlov and Santiago Ramon y Cajal.