Parkinson’s UK are offering any Parkinson’s researchers (basic and clinical) a free half-day Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) training session:
When: 9.30am-1pm, Thursday 20th April
Where: Cambridge University
This morning session will help researchers to understand:
- How to involve people and at what stage using case study examples
- The numerous different methods of involvement they can use
- Tips for communicating well with people they involve
This session will also give researchers an opportunity to plan involvement in their own research, and will include a networking lunch with people affected by Parkinson’s.
Register to attend the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/patient-and-public-involvement-training-for-researchers-tickets-32495715560
Please note, researchers do not need to be based at Cambridge University to attend.
The call for participants for the 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Sciences will be opening on 29th March. The festival this year is taking place from the 4th to the 11th of November with events taking place across the BU Campus and in the local area. We will be looking for applications from social sciences researchers to run workshops/exhibitions/lectures/activities (we’re open to ideas) open for attendance for the wider public.
The ESRC FSS encourages to support and create the opportunity for social science researchers to engage with non-academic audiences and to promote and increase awareness of the social sciences and the contribution they make to the wellbeing and the economy of society.
Please keep an eye out for further information when the call for applicants opens on the 29th March or contact Genna West (email@example.com) to find out more.
Do you want to run a public engagement activity at Glastonbury Festival this year? We have the opportunity to form part of the Science Tent at Glastonbury’s Green Futures Field – this is a great experience for researchers of all career stages to showcase their research to an engaged and well-informed public audience.
Activities should be interactive with some hands-on elements, and have aspects that will appeal to children, the general festival audience and to experts. If you’d like to be involved, you’ll need to be able to commit to being on-site for at least 5 days, from Wednesday 21st June to Sunday 25th June, and be happy camping for this time, whatever the weather!
If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity, please send an expression of interest by email to Genna West, providing an activity title, and a brief description of your research area and proposed activity by Friday 17th March.
Please note that there is a small amount of funding that can be used to develop your activity. All expenses will be covered and there is plenty of time in the evenings to explore the excitement of Glastonbury festival.
Share your research over a pint!
Pint of Science is hosting a series of events taking place across UK from the 15th-17th May in local pubs around Bournemouth. The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the comfort of pub!
We’re currently looking for speakers with Technology based research who would be interested in joining ‘Tech me out’ nights to deliver a talk on one of the 3 evenings – 15th ,16th , or 17th – The talks will be taking place in Chaplin’s in Boscombe.
We are also looking for health related speakers to take part in ‘Our body’ nights, also taking place over the 15th, 16th and 17th but this time in the Goat and Tricycle pub in the Triangle, Bournemouth
This is a great public engagement opportunity with an interesting crowd, enabling the opportunity for open discussion and questions with the wider public.
For more information or to get involved please contact Shanti Shanker firstname.lastname@example.org or Joanna Pawlik (email@example.com
To find out more please visit Pint of Science website
Partners include British Heart Foundation, Elsevier and British Pharmacological Society. List of all partners
The NCCPE are hosting a selection of fantastic opportunities for academics to build upon partnerships with museums across London, the South East and the South West. Take part in a MUPI Match event…It’s a chance for those who are keen to meet museums and other academics in the region and to network and develop new ideas! Each event is regional, attracting museums and universities from various areas; free to participate in; and interactive.
After receiving funding from the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, the NCCPE have been developing an 18 month project to maximise the potential for museums and universities to work together to mutually beneficial aims. This project builds on a successful pilot project which was completed earlier this year.
The benefits: It is well proven that there are mutual benefits to museums and universities working together. Projects can cover a wide range of topics – from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation; from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions; the opportunities are endless.
The MUPI Match events are based on tried and tested methods of bringing people together to explore innovative and useful partnership working, stimulating new connections and new projects. Each event involves museum staff, volunteers, and academics working together to find mutually beneficial ideas that they would like to develop together. Participants can then bid for ‘thinking funding’ – to enable them to do desk research; have conversations; test ideas; and work together to plan their potential project. Teams will be supported to develop their partnership, and find effective ways to fund their project in the future.
The details: There will be 9 regional networking events (or ‘sandpits’) but information and booking forms for the sandpits in the southwest and London can be found here:
- London, 21 March 2017, Quayside Room, Museum of Docklands (details)
- South East Region, 28 March 2017, venue tbc (details) – rescheduled from 8 February
- South West, 3 May 2017, The New Room, Bristol (details)
There will also be two national networking events (one focused on designated collections) to broker partnerships between small and medium sized museums and HEIs:
- Partnerships, London, 7 June 2017
- Designated collections, Birmingham, 14 June 2017, Arts Council Offices, Birmingham
Contact: If you would like to find out more or register your interest in receiving regular updates about the project, including invitations to the sandpits and events, please contact Claire Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Additionally, if you’d like to discuss ideas for an event or need inspiration please contact Genna West, RKEO’s Engagement & Impact Facilitator (email@example.com)
For more information on the initiative please visit: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/work-with-us/current-projects/museum-university-partnerships-initiative
It’s that time of year where The Festival of Learning is heading back on-tour and taking BU’s research out to some exciting locations. One of our stops this year includes the Poole Maritime Festival on Saturday 20th May.
Whatever stage you’re at in your research career, academic or PhD, we’re looking for participants to display and promote their research at the festival. This could be through table-top activities, posters, interactive displays – we’re open to ideas! It would be fantastic if your activities fitted into the theme of maritime heritage and environment but if your research isn’t directly related, we’d still love for you to get involved.
We’re expecting lots of interested members of the public with Poole Harbour Boat Show and the Seven Seas Festival forming part of Poole Maritime Festival’s exciting programme. The Boat Show alone attracted over 15,000 people in 2015! The Festival is linked with European Maritime Day, originally created in 2008 to give Europe’s community of maritime professionals a forum to meet, exchange knowledge and forge partnerships. It is a unique opportunity to promote Poole, local businesses and Bournemouth University’s research to an international audience!
If you’d like to get involved, need some idea inspiration or for any more information, drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t get involved this year, still make sure that you head down to the Maritime Festival this year, taking place from the 15th-21st May.
Making research meaningful and accessible to patients: Why patient and public involvement is crucial to designing effective health research studies
Date Monday 6th March 2017
Time 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location EB708, Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Lansdowne Campus, Bournemouth University
As part of the Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in Research seminar series
Dr Jo Adams is a Professor of Musculoskeletal Health within the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. Jo is an occupational therapist by background. She has led both national and international applied translational research programmes related to developing effective self- management approaches for individuals with musculoskeletal diseases. Her research is widely published and she leads collaborative partnerships to improve the translation of research into NHS clinical practice. She is also an experienced educator having taught health care professionals at pre and post registration level for over 20 years
Book your place now: https://patientandpublicinvolvement.eventbrite.co.uk
Refreshments are available and there will be plenty of time for discussion at the seminar end. Any questions please contact:
Dr James Gavin
Phone +44 (0)1202566303
Take part in the Being Human Festival 2017!
This year, the festival will return between 17-25 November with a new theme, ‘Lost and Found’. Applicants are invited to respond creatively and in ways that probe the rich intellectual possibilities of the theme. The festival is a celebration of the
Humanities, highlighting research in this area in fun, hands-on, immersive ways to
Demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives.
There are a number of grants to support public engagement activities being offered.
These opportunities to run an event are for researchers at any career stage, background, disciplinary expertise or experience of delivering public engagement events.
For more information on the call and to apply for a “Small Award” or a “Hub Award”, please click here.
You can also find a number of case studies here that could prove useful if you’d like to apply!
Are you interested in getting to know the local community, and sharing your research and expertise with others? Do you have exciting research to talk about or would you like to gain some valuable experience in public engagement?
Join us in a lead up to Festival of Learning and be part of RNLI College Food and Drink Festival on 30th April! The festival is focused on great quality food, sourced and produced here in Dorset, and supports Mayday campaign, which is a nationwide community fundraising campaign.
There is a community theme to the Festival so we’re looking for activities that may be of interest to the local community or are around community based research. We’d also be keen to take along any food and drink related activities about. However, if your activity is not directly related then we’d still love to hear from you. Please drop me an email on email@example.com to express your interest in joining us and I will be able to provide you with more details.
We’re also looking for activities for Poole Maritime Festival and are looking forward to hearing from you! To find out more please click here.
The UK’s only national festival of the humanities, will be returning for fourth year between 17-25 November 2017 and number of grants to support public engagement activities is being offered!
The festival theme this year is ‘Lost and Found’.
To apply for a ‘Small Award’, a ‘Hub Award’, or apply to take part with an event that does not require funding from the festival visit the Being Human festival website
There are also now a number of case-studies on the website which should be useful if you are thinking of applying.
The call for proposals for this year British Science Festival is open till 9am Monday 27 March 2017.
Help the British Science Association to curate a vibrant programme of events! Nominations for the annual Award Lectures and the call for proposals for the British Science Festival 2017 are now open. Please click on the links below to find out more:
Propose an event
Nominate an Award Lecture
The deadline for submissions is 9am Monday 27 March 2017. To submit a proposal for events please fill in the proposal form.
In 2016 the festival took place in Swansea and you can watch highlights film from that event Here
Festival of Learning on-tour is taking BU’s research and expertise to some exciting locations this year so if you are interested in engaging with the public look no further!
The Poole Maritime Festival will run from 15 – 21 May this year, and Festival of Learning on-tour will join the festivities on Saturday 20 May at Baiter Park in Poole. We’re expecting lots of interested members of the public with Poole Harbour Boat Show and the Seven Seas Festival forming part of Poole Maritime Festival’s exciting programme. The Boat Show alone attracted over 15,000 people in 2015!
The Festival is linked with European Maritime Day, originally created in 2008 to give Europe’s community of maritime professionals a forum to meet, exchange knowledge and forge partnerships. It is a unique opportunity to promote Poole, local businesses and Bournemouth University’s research to an international audience!
We are looking for public engagement activities that fit into the theme of maritime heritage and environment, but if your activity is not directly related we’d still love for you to be involved. You can express your interest in running an activity by dropping me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be able to provide you with more details and help you develop your activity.
Community consultation event – 6 April 2017 Manchester
NERC are currently planning a large-scale funding call under their Public Engagement Strategy, to achieve national impact in public engagement with contemporary issues of environmental science.
Registration has opened for applications to attend a community consultation event on 6 April 2017 in Manchester, the outputs of which will challenge NERC to be bold and ambitious, directly informing the call, which is planned to launch shortly after.
The event will bring together a diverse set of people who have the potential to shape and be involved in NERC’s bold plans going forward, including environmental scientists, public engagement specialists and also contributors from the social sciences, arts and humanities.
To apply to attend the consultation event, please complete the online registration form.
The closing date for applications to attend is 16:00 on Wednesday 15 March 2017. Invited participants will be notified by Friday 17 March 2017.
For more information please go to Community consultation event page.
We can support 1 or 2 members of staff to attend the consultation event.
Today we offered preliminary feedback to key stakeholders in Kathmandu as part of our research into CPD (Continuous Professional Development) for nurses in Nepal. Today’s presentation is party funded by LJMU (Liverpool John Moores University) and partly funded by BU’s Centre for Excellence in Learning (CEL). Late 2016 CEL funded the qualitative part of our research project. In this CPD project we work with representatives of the Ministry of Health , the Ministry of Education, the Nepal Nursing Association and the Nursing Council, and providers of Nursing Education (both Government-run universities and private colleges).
Today key presenter was BU Visiting Faculty Dr. Bibha Simkhada (based at LJMU). The event was opened by Associate Professor Chandra Kala Sharma, who is also the president of the Nepal Nursing Association (lighting the traditional lamp in photo right).
Our BU contributors, Dr. Catherine Angell and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen, are both based in the Centre for Midwifery and Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH). We are grateful to our collaborators in Nepal, especially Dr. Sujan Marahatta at Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, for organising this event in our absence. The CPD research project is truly a FUSION project in the field of nursing & midwifery since it links Research in the field of Education to help improve Practice in Nepal. Further information can be found on a previous blog post, click here!
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Do you know of or work with a promising early career scientists? Nominations are currently being accepted for Award Lectures at the British Science Festival! The deadline is 9 am Monday 6 March 2017
Previous Award Lecturers include Brian Cox, Richard Wiseman and Maggie Aderin-Pocock.
Awards are available in seven different areas:
- Margaret Mead – social sciences
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel, supported by Siemens – engineering, technology and industry
- Charles Lyell – environmental sciences
- Charles Darwin – agricultural, biological and medical sciences
- Rosalind Franklin, supported by Siemens – physical sciences and mathematics
- Daphne Oram – digital innovation
- Jacob Bronowski – science and the arts
To propose a nomination, fill out this form
Would you like to know whether your public engagement activity is effective?
Public engagement evaluation course introduces you to the process of public engagement evaluation, available tools and practical guidance about how to gather accurate evaluation data.
It offers flexible 24-40 hours of training which means it was organized to be completed at your own pace, with each Module comprising 5-10 hours of learning tasks and activities.
The course has been created by Dr. Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick), who is a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.
For more details and to reserve your place click here
Yesterday the Scottish Government has published its national maternity review ‘The Best Start – A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland’. The report has been widely welcomed and gained, among others, the full support from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). Mary Ross-Davie, RCM Director for Scotland noted: “This is a defining moment for maternity services in Scotland and will be a seismic shift for our maternity services. The plan has the potential to revolutionise maternity care, to deliver safer and better services for women, babies and their families, and to improve the health of our population.”
The Best Start recognises that maternity and neonatal services matter to the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s people. The report’s underpinning is more of a social model of childbirth as it observes that “The health, development, social, and economic consequences of childbirth and the early weeks of life are profound, and the impact, both positive and negative, is felt by individual families and communities as well as across the whole of society.”
Having lived for 25 years in Scotland I am happy to have made a small contribution to this import report.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health