In this extended blog post you’ll find details of lots of new and exciting developments in the world of public engagement and impact, including funding calls, REF training and the best bits from recent conferences… As ever, if you are looking to develop public engagement and impact around your research, please contact Becca in the Research and Knowledge Exchange office on 01202 961206 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She can help you brainstorm ideas, develop funding proposals or point you in the direction of further help.
Interesting things to read and watch
- Embedding public engagement in higher education: issues and challenges: Discussion paper on the future challenges on embedding public engagement in HE, published by the NCCPE can be found here
- REF consultation and public engagement: For a great set of resources on how the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement has contributed to the REF, please click here
- Ten years of public engagement: Post by out-going CEO of the British Science Association, Sir Roland Jackson, can be found here.
- Engage 2012 workshops and presentations. Missed the UK’s biggest public engagement conference? You can re-live it here
- LSE Impact Conference: Podcasts and presentations are available online from the Future of Academic Impacts conference, includes ‘How To’ guides on social media, podcasting and writing your REF impact case study
- Debate on impact: Recent blog posts that might be of interest include: Liz Allen of the Wellcome Trust blogging about the research impact agenda must translate measurement into learning and Prof Rachel Pain on the impact agenda. Claire Shaw discussed the notion of the ‘flipped academic’ whereby embedded academics put engagement before citations.
- Ethics in community-based participatory research workshop. The Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE This workshop will provide an introduction to CBPR, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of this approach and considering some of the ethical challenges it raises. We will introduce the newly-developed guide, Community-based participatory research: A guide to ethical principles and practice, and an accompanying set of case materials and exercises, Ethics in community-based participatory research: case studies, case examples and commentaries. For more information, click here
- REF: Writing your impact template. Bristol, 20th March. For more information click here
- REF: Writing your impact case study. Bristol, 20th March. For more information, click here
External public engagement events
- London Metropolitan Archives, Women in Science Day, London, 8th March. This day will explore how LMA’s work links with science, get to view collections including engineering designs for Tower Bridge and food science in the Lyons collection, not to mention Robert Hooke’s diary. Staff at the LMA will look at female scientists represented in the archives and displaying some of the original documents from the collections. Also guest talks from Rebekah Higgitt and Heather Couper. Rebekah is Curator & Historian of Science at Royal Observatory Greenwich & National Maritime Museum and blogger for The H Word, the Guardian Science Blog. She will be talking about “Finding women in the history of science.” Heather Couper is a broadcaster and writer on astronomy, space and science. She has written and produced numerous books, TV and radio programmes. Along with her work, she is Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College in perpetuity, was awarded the CBE for ‘Services to Science’, and the International Astronomical Union has named asteroid number 3922 “Heather”. Her talk will be “The Sky’s the Limit.” The day takes place at the London Metropolitan Archives, Friday 8 March, from 10am – 4 pm. Bring a picnic, as lunch is not provided. The cost is £10. To book a place phone 020 7332 3851, or contact Howard Benge for more details. email@example.com
- King’s Festival of Food & Ideas. For a veritable smorgasbord of food related public engagement events, check out the Feed Your Mind Festival, 7-22 March at Kings College London. I am sure the Science of Chocolate event will be especially popular, given it includes chocolate tasting!
- The Physiological Society is offering grants of up to £5000 to run a public activity discussing physiology. For further details, click here.
- The Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships aims to support and develop upcoming starts in public engagement with science. Further details can be found here.
- The STFC is offering Public Engagement Fellowships as part of their Public Engagement Programme. More details can be found here.