28 September – Worlds Collide  

This is a University of Birmingham event hosted at Birmingham Open Media (BOM). With an interdisciplinary focus, this will be a fun and interactive speed-dating session involving researchers, artists and creatives. We encourage all researchers to join us. Come find out about funding for public engagement as part of the Worlds Collide scheme. Learn about how to work with BOM and other partners. Cook up ideas for innovative public engagement with other researchers and others who share similar passions. Pump-priming funds are available to successful proposals which want to pilot activity that will feed into an application for a larger external public engagement grant. We also provide support to write these grants as part of this scheme! Come find out more and don’t miss out! Refreshments will be served, bring along your colleagues. Full details coming next week!

1 August  – 9 December: Storytelling Researcher Video Competition

It’s back! Our annual competition is back starting next week and you have until December 9th (deadline at noon) to create an engaging video centred on your research. See entries from previous years here. Winners will be announced on Dec 15th at the event below!

1 July – 9 Dec 2016: Bi-annual Public Engagement Awards 

The second round of awards is open now for public engagement activities which will have taken place between July 1st and December 9th 2016 (deadline at noon). See previous winners from Jan – June here. Winners will be announced on Dec 15th at the event below!

15 December: Annual Public Engagement with Research Day

PERC’s signature annual event. We invite you to join us for a day themed entirely on public engagement with research. In the past we have explored good case studies from UoB academics, heard directly from funders, learnt about the links between REF and public engagement, interacted with external partners, listened to talks from Professor Alice Roberts and Pro-Vice Chancellor Tim Softley, run training on science communication and much more. We also host an awards ceremony for our annual video competition and this year we will also announce our bi-annual awards at the event too.

We are currently working on a theme for this year and inviting some very special guests so you definitely don’t want to miss out. This is your chance to ask the University, funders and other academics the how, why, what, when, who of public engagement. This event is meant to support, inspire and thought-provoke! It’s a day not to be missed! All details will be announced soon, but for now, get the event penciled into your diaries! All researchers and PGRs welcome.

To register interest for events ahead of formal registration please contact Dr Caroline Gillett via engage@contacts.bham.ac.uk with ‘Worlds Collide’ and/or ‘Annual PER Day’ in the title of your email. Formal registration will be coming very soon!