“INTERACT” – An engagement symposium for the Physical Sciences (Sept 14, register by June 30)

Are you a physical scientist or do you engage with STFC or use STFC facilities and undertake outreach, public engagement and science communication? If so then the “INTERACT” Symposium is for you!

What it’s all about: The STFC, IOP and SEPnet are organising a one day conference at the University of Birmingham that promises to be both useful and fun! We want to  help you share your enthusiasm for science. This lively one day event offers you the opportunity to be inspired by experienced outreach/public engagement champions, share your experience and good practice, take part in hands-on interactive workshops and parallel sessions. In addition there will be a marketplace showcasing engagement in practice  that offers you a chance to see what resources are out there to help you.

Themes of the day are:

·         Evaluation and impact: How to do effective evaluation and
demonstrate impact, sharing case studies, what worked for REF and what
didn’t. Looking forward to REF 2021

·         Reaching traditionally hard-to-engage and underserved audiences: Working with the right  partners, raising  your skills and working with STEM influencers to reach low science capital audiences

·         Schools outreach: How to work with young audiences  and
inspire them

·         Sharing both good practice and a safe space for “what not to
do”s: Understanding your audience, reflective practice and what
constitutes high-quality public engagement

Who can attend: The symposium is open to all Physical Science researchers including engineering and facility users. Attending can also contribute to your continuing professional development.

This event is free to attend but  you will need to register in advance. Please register at https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/1102/home by Friday 30 June. Registered delegates will be invited to submit ideas for running a session or workshop  that address the key  symposium themes  and there will  an opportunity to  demonstrate your outreach activities.

Registered delegates will also be asked to vote on the final conference programme.

We all look forward to seeing you there.