Dr Jenni Chambers (RCUK) to also join our December 11th event

We are thrilled to announce that Dr Jenni Chambers, Head of Research Councils UK Public Engagement with Research will also be joining us for our event this December 11th, 2015.

Jenni will touch on support for public engagement with research from a vitally important funder’s perspective, before also joining our afternoon panel discussion.

Also on the panel is: Professor Tim Softley (Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research and Knowledge Transfer), Professor Alice Roberts (clinical anatomist, author, broadcaster and our own Professor of Public Engagement with Science – pictured), Paul Manners (Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement) and Professor Bob Stone (Director of the Human Interface Technologies Team in EPS).

We also gratefully acknowledge the outstanding practice of Dr Adam Ledger,  Professor Cristina Lazzeroni and Dr Ian Mitchell, researchers from across the University who have kindly agreed to share their personal stories of public engagement with you, so that we can together myth-bust some of the perceived barriers to public engagement with research.We have an incredible day of talks and discussion planned, so be sure to register as we are already nearing capacity.


                                      “Myth-busting the Barriers to Public Engagement”                                                                                  

Friday December 11, 2015

The Lapworth Museum of Geology, Aston Webb


9:00 – 9:30 Registration & Welcome (start 9:15)

 Overview of new institutional PER strategy & some upcoming opportunities next year

Dr Eliot Marston, Deputy Head of Research & Knowledge Transfer, MDS

Dr Caroline Gillett, Public Engagement with Research Officer, Planning Office

 9:30 – 10:00 UoB CASE STUDIES: Myth-busting… (part 1)

 ‘No support’ Dr Adam Ledger, Department of Drama & Theatre Arts

‘No impact (for REF)’Professor Cristina Lazzeroni, School of Physics & Astronomy

10:00 – 11:00 WORKSHOP/TALK: Public Engagement as a Pathway to Impact: Lessons from  the REF Impact Case Studies

 We are extremely pleased to be joined by Paul Manners, Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) who will lead this interesting session.

 11:00 – 11:40 UoB CASE STUDIES: Myth-busting… (part 2)

 ‘Not worth the time’Dr Ian Mitchell, School of Psychology

‘No public interest/relevance’Professor Robert Stone, School of Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering

 11:40 – 12:00 Postgraduate PER Activity & Storytelling Researcher Video Competition

 A few examples of public engagement undertaken and coordinated by UoB postgraduates will be showcased, followed by a screening of the winning videos from our Storytelling Researcher Video Competition. Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement with Science, will introduce the winners.


 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch

Over lunch attendees are invited to anonymously submit a question to our afternoon panel


 12:45 – 14:00 Myth-busting ‘Lack of institutional support, resource, reward & recognition’

 Thoughts on Culture Change for Public Engagement

Professor Tim Softley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Transfer

Dr Jenni Chambers, Head of Research Councils UK Public Engagement with Research 

 Panel Discussion: Professor Tim Softley – Professor Alice Roberts – Dr Jenni Chambers (RCUK) – Paul Manners (NCCPE)  – Professor Robert Stone

14:00 – 15:00 Talk from Professor Alice Roberts & Lapworth Developments

Short Q&A and closing remarks



  1. Hi Jenni,

    Is this even full now?

    Many thanks,

    Dr Benjamin Paul de Laune
    Post Doctoral Research Fellow
    School of Chemistry
    University of Birmingham
    Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

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    1. Hi Ben,

      Jenni is an invited speaker, I am the one organizing the event. I have put your name down

      Kind Regards,

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