I’m Adam Morris, Engagement Officer in the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team (KEIT) in Research Development and Support (RDS).
My role is to organise public engagement with research activities, including a variety of regular and one-off events, in order to maximise knowledge exchange activity and the impact of Bournemouth University’s research.
I’m also working to enable researchers to embed public engagement as a core part of their projects. I will be providing training courses on planning, delivering and evaluating public engagement, as part of the RKEDF, details of which I will share on the Research Blog.
Aside from structured training, I will provide helpful guidance material on public engagement, from a simple introductory level to more detailed resources.
I am here to provide advice to researchers on all areas of public engagement. Whether you’re experienced but want to check a few details, or you’d like to start but have no idea where to begin, I’m here to help you deliver impactful public engagement you can feel confident in.
My background is in public engagement and science communication, but I am keen to see how we can work together across the breadth of research at BU.
After studying Zoology at Bangor University, I undertook internships in science documentary production at the BBC and exhibition interpretation at the Natural History Museum. I then organised events at the Royal Society, with involvement in the Summer Science Exhibition. While at the Royal Society I also worked on other public engagement initiatives such as Meet the Scientists, the Places of Science museum grants scheme and a symposium on the REF and barriers to public engagement for researchers.
Most recently I worked in the communications team at the Human Tissue Authority, co-ordinating public engagement around the regulation of human tissue. I developed information for the public on topics including the HTA Codes of Practice and Standards and cryopreservation, contributed to design and digital projects, and ran a public panel to co-produce resources.
Outside of work, I like exploring the countryside, taking photos and sampling the local food and drink. I enjoy spending time in nature and am trying to dedicate more time to watching wildlife. I am also experimenting with making fermented foods, despite the death of several sourdough starters.
I plan to be sharing public engagement opportunities and advice with you on the blog, but feel free to get in touch in the meantime if there’s something I can help you with.