#BrumSciComm Picnic – Sunday August 16th (Cannon Hill Park)


The Birmingham Science Communication community will be hosting its first fun, family friendly, science themed picnic on Sunday August 16th (in Cannon Hill Park). This open to all.

A number of UoB researchers and research support staff are regulars at BrumSciComm events. It’s a great way of making new contacts and getting involved in public engagement activity. If you’d like to find out more get in touch directly.

For further details see flyer above or visit:



Meet Cecil: Mechanical Engineering’s outreach tool

Today we meet Cecil who resides in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. Cecil can be frequently found helping colleagues at public engagement events on and off campus. Donning his trademark sunglasses and UoB cap, Cecil does a lot more than just looking cool. We recently chatted with him to find out more:

Public Engagement training for engineers: Bath, 30 October

Burgers & Bioreactors – public engagement training for engineers: Bath, 30 October

The University of Bath is running a training event for engineers who want to develop skills in public engagement.

The goal of this day-long (9.30 – 17.30) workshop is to provide you with a platform to question and discuss the wider social, ethical and aesthetic implications of your work.To register for this event, contact Amy Phillips.

To elicit this, the case study of in-vitro meat will be used. You will explore the obstacles and opportunities as in-vitro meat moves from the R&D lab to the dinner plate. How will interactions between logistics, engineering and society shape the public acceptability of cultured meat?

Alice Roberts to talk at MDS College Assembly Weds Oct 22nd

College Assembly-This Wednesday

Wednesday 22nd October, 1-2pm, Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre

MDS are delighted to announce that Professor Alice Roberts- Clinical Anatomist, Author, Broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University will be presenting on public engagement on Wednesday. MDS are also delighted to be joined by Professor David Adams, Dean of Medicine who will be giving an update on the Life Sciences Review. This will be a fantastic opportunity for all staff within the College of Medical and Dental Science to meet key staff from across the College and the wider University.

For full details please visit the intranet page here

Science communication: Telling it like it is

We’ve come across an interesting & well written blog piece from The Royal Institution, we highly recommend giving it a read. In the piece, their 2013 Christmas Lecturer Alison Woollard writes about the importance of science communication and public engagement. Below is an excerpt, but the article can be read in full HERE.

“My advice? Find out the questions before you prescribe the answers! Importantly, remember that engagement is a two-way process. It is about being interested in people and listening to what they say. Science is not an elitist club that most people cannot join – and public engagement should not be an overt ‘knowledge dissemination strategy’. Good science communication is a huge learning experience for the communicator as well as the audience – it certainly was for me.”

Being Human Festival: the UK’s first national festival of the humanities

Being Human is the UK’s first national festival of the humanities.

Between 15 and 23 November 2014, the festival will engage people across the UK with innovative research.

The festival will highlight the ways in which humanities research can:

  • inspire and enrich our everyday lives
  • help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world
  • provide world class knowledge that is vibrant, vital, and accessible to all

Over 35 research institutions from across the UK are set to participate in the 2014 festival, including researchers at the University of Birmingham.

For a list of local (West Midlands) free events visit THIS PAGE.