Think Graduate School Fridays – Does public engagement matter?

Friday 30 January, 1.30pm – Arts Lecture Room 8

Join Rosalind Davies to find out about some of her experience with engaging the public with her research. Public engagement is becoming an increasingly needed skill for researchers, but what sort of public engagement interventions work, and how can you find out if your public engagement matters?

Seminar – Public Engagement with Psychological Research – Tuesday 27th January 2 – 4pm

Next week as part of the MA Psychology module, Public Engagement with Psychological Research, we will welcome Dr Carolyn Mair, Reader in Psychology at London College of Fashion.

Dr Carolyn Mair is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. Her research interests lie in the application of theories from cognitive psychology to increase knowledge, improve performance and enhance well-being. Carolyn is Reader in Psychology at the London College of Fashion where she has developed the world’s first Masters courses to apply psychology to fashion (MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion and MA Psychology for Fashion Professionals).  

Want to register with the ESRC press office as an expert?

The ESRC are currently asking ESRC-funded researchers to complete a simple online form if they wish to be registered with the ESRC press office as an expert. It may be worth considering signing up if eligible as not only will you become known to the ESRC for discipline-specific expertise but your research and profile could also be improved in the media.

MRC devotes more resource to engagement

The Medical Research Council has said it will bolster its media engagement and strategic communication activities in order to run longer-term campaigns and build relationships with a wider range of scientists and journalists.

MRC has published its Communication and Engagement Strategy for 2014-19, which is intended to underpin open discussion and debate between MRC-funded scientists and the public, on 27 November.

In the strategy, the council says that its communications section will do a variety of things to help the public understand MRC-funded science and its impact on their lives. Measures will include: identifying “strategically important” research publications early; building and training a team of MRC spokespeople; and providing advice and coaching to researchers before they engage with the media.

RCUK promotes long-term value of public engagement

Research Councils UK has published a strategic plan for engaging members of the public in research, including a promise to ensure that the value of engagement work by researchers is properly recognised.

RCUK says that its vision for public engagement is to generate dialogue and trust between researchers and society in order to inspire and inform the public, enhance the quality and impact of research, and contribute to the economy and the wellbeing of society.

Museomix 2014 at the Derby Silk Mill

Between 7-9th November, I found myself at Museomix 2014 at the Derby Silk Mill.  In this crowded room were makers, fabricators, coders, animators, content experts, museum people – lots of different kinds of people who are about to be mashed together to make a new museum exhibit from something old.  For me personally, the Silk Mill is a wonderful place to do it because there are many STEM links already there, particularly engineering, and the fact that the mill is the first factory in the world.  The museum prides itself about being about STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

The Language of Science Lecture

The English-Speaking Union and the British Council will host the English Language Council Lecture on 13 November 2014. The event will be held at the ESU headquarters, Dartmouth House, Mayfair and forms part of the ongoing English Language Council lecture series. The theme for this year is ‘The Language of Science – how to make science more publicly accessible’.

The 2014 ESRC Festival of Social Science – Library of Birmingham

This Thursday, 6th November, researchers from the College of Social Sciences at University of Birmingham will present their work to a general audience at the library of Birmingham in the city centre (Brainbox room, first floor). The School of Psychology (College of LES) will also be there (from 11am-12:30pm). Drop by and have a look at posters, interactive stalls, and talk to the researchers!