PER Day 2016-17

Public Engagement with Research Committee (PERC) warmly invites you to join our 3rd annual Public Engagement with Research Day on Thursday 15th December, 2016. PER Day is our signature whole-day event dedicated to sharing best practice, skills and learning around public engagement. This event is also a space to celebrate and recognize the PER efforts of our research community whilst offering opportunities to open up dialogue about the future direction of PER at Birmingham with senior management, external research funders and other PER advocates. We hope you will seize this opportunity to contribute and take part in our away day. This is your chance to ask the University, funders and other academics the how, why, what, when, who of public engagement. This lively event is meant to support, inspire and thought-provoke!

Last year’s event was fully booked and this year we are aiming for an even bigger and better turnout. Register now and don’t miss out! Our theme for this year is ‘Interdisciplinary Public Engagement’.

The event is open to all University of Birmingham research staff and students as well as professionals services staff. We welcome and encourage research labs/groups and other university teams who wish to join us for an away day focused on PER. Please register all interested parties by emailing your name, school/dept & College. Please title your email PER Day. Registration is necessary for catering. Indicate any dietary requirements.

Keep up to date by following @UOBengage and the hashtag #PERday16


The 3rd Annual Public Engagement with Research Day 2016

“Interdisciplinary Public Engagement”

Thursday December 15, 2016

University House (Birmingham Business School) – Lecture Hall G12

9:30 – 10:00       Registration: Tea & coffee

10:00 – 10:15     Welcome:  Public Engagement with Research (PER) 2016 update

 Contributions from Dr Eliot Marston, Head of Strategic Projects & Partnerships, Life Sciences & Dr Caroline Gillett, PER Officer, Research Planning

10:15 – 11:00     GET INVOLVED IN 2017: RCUK Catalyst Seed Fund “Leading to Engage” cohort

Contributions from the “Leading to Engage 16”

Meet some of the 16 public engagement champions recruited from academics across the five Colleges. The cohort will outline the public engagement work they have been involved with as well as highlighting upcoming opportunities to input into PER Committee discussions as part of new College level PER fora beginning early 2017.

11.00 – 11:45     OPEN DISCUSSION: What should PER look like in Birmingham by 2020?

Reflections from Professor of Public Engagement with Science and PERC co-chair, Alice Roberts.

11:45 – 12:00    Award Presentations

12:00 – 12:45    Lunch &  Networking

 12:45 – 13:15     CASE STUDY: Voices of War & Peace: Reflections on working with communities in engagement and research

Contributions from Professor Ian Grosvenor (VWP Director, Professor of Urban Education History; PERC co-chair) & Dr Nicola Gauld (VWP, Coordinator)

The Voices of War & Peace AHRC WW1 Engagement Centre has collaborated with a wide range of community groups on WW1 projects since January 2014 and will reflect on that process as it prepares for the next phase of commemorative activity to 2019.

13:15 – 13:45     Changing the Culture for Public Engagement with Research in Birmingham

Contributions from Professor Tim Softley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Transfer & Professor Saul Becker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences.

13:45 – 14:15     Changing the Culture for Public Engagement nationally

 The University warmly welcomes a number of representatives from major research funders:

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

Chloe Sheppard, Researchers’ Engagement Manager at the Wellcome Trust

Kate Pryor-Williams, Relationship Manager: Visual Arts, Arts Council England

14:15 – 15:00     PANEL: ‘Given the increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations, what are the opportunities to engage the public in new ways?’

Panel chair: Dr Elizabeth Westlake, Director of Research Planning

Panelists: Dr Jenni Chambers, Chloe Sheppard, Kate Pryor-Williams, Professor Alice Roberts, Professor Tim Softley, Professor Saul Becker

15:00 – 15:15     Break: Tea & coffee + facilitated networking exercise

 15:15 – 16:30     WORKSHOP: Choose from one of two workshops

Option 1: How to create a PER demo in 30 minutes

Join Debbie Ringham (Research Engagement Manager, Cancer Research UK) and PER Officer Dr Caroline Gillett to run through some internally developed props, followed by an interactive challenge which will bring together your interdisciplinary ideas to work into a coherent proposition for a new demo/activity that PERC will look to fund.

Option 2: Evaluation of TV programming (in Room G07 next door)

Join Dr Melissa Grant (Senior Lecturer, Dentistry) and Lucy Vernall (Academic Ideas Lab) for their session from the Engage 2016 Conference. This will look at innovative ways of evaluating the impact of your contribution to or /appearances on TV programmes. If evaluation of public engagement impact is important to you (and it should be!) then don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Melissa and Lucy’s methods.

16:30 – 17:30     Xmas Celebration & Postgraduate Public Engagement Busking

 Enjoy a seasonal drink and mince pie whilst networking with colleagues and leave inspired by taking part in a playful hour of science-arts-humanities ‘busking’ demos courtesy of our postgraduate community.