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Engagement@Manchester – 26 June 2019, 1-2pm with Ellen Dowell, creative producer of science engagement

Join us for our next Engagement@Manchester session with Ellen Dowell, creative producer of science engagement, as we explore Einstein’s Garden: Reflections on Creative Engagement with Science.

26 June 2019, 1-2pm, Michael Smith Building (lecture theatre at entrance), followed by light refreshments and informal networking.

In 2015, the Green Man Festival’s Einstein’s Garden began a Wellcome funded Society Award to experiment with new approaches to creative science engagement. At the end of this award, 12 projects have been produced in partnership with four universities, involving dozens of researchers and in collaboration with creative practitioners including sand sculptors, performers, sound designers, textile artists, architects and puppeteers. These 12 projects have engaged audiences at the Green Man and in many other cultural contexts, including a playground, a city farm, a beach, a market, a beer festival, a book festival and an agricultural show.

This session is an opportunity to discover what learning came out of the Einstein’s Garden Society Award and to inspire your own ideas about creative engagement with science.

Ellen Dowell is a creative producer of science engagement. She works part-time for Imperial College’s National Heart and Lung Institute where she produces a creative engagement programme called The Curious Act. From 2009 until March this year, she worked for the Green Man Festival, establishing, managing, curating and producing Einstein’s Garden, the science, nature and environment area of the festival.

All welcome to this best practice session. No registration required.

Do get in touch if you have any queries.

Dee-Ann Johnson, Public Engagement Manager, Office for Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester, 0161 306 3231, Twitter: @uomengage

STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum

STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum – Call for Applications: Closing date: 16:00, Monday 3rd June 2019

The STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum (the ‘PEER Forum’) will support talented scientists and engineers in the early stages of their career to develop their public engagement and outreach goals, to ensure the next generation of STFC scientists and engineers continue to deliver the highest quality of purposeful, audience-driven public engagement.

PEER Forum aims

  • To foster peer learning and peer support between early career scientists and engineers with a passion for public engagement and outreach.
  • To improve understanding of the support STFC provides for public engagement and outreach (including funding mechanisms, evaluation, and reporting) and how to successfully utilise this support.
  • To stimulate discussions that help to develop and influence STFC’s approaches to public engagement.

What will participation in the Forum involve?
Participants in the PEER Forum will meet face-to-face at least twice per year to share learning and to participate in session that will strengthen the depth and breadth of their understanding of public engagement and outreach.

Who can apply to join the Forum?
The PEER Forum is for practising early-career scientists and engineers who have an ambition to carry out excellent public engagement alongside, and complimentary to, their career in science or engineering. We are seeking Forum members from across the breadth of STFC’s pure and applied science and technology remit.

The specific personal requirements of PEER Forum membership are that members:

  • Have completed their highest level of academic qualification within the last ten years (not including any career breaks)
  • Are employed at a Higher Education Institute, or a research-intensive Public Sector Research Organisation or Research Laboratory (including STFC’s own national laboratories)
  • Work within a science and technology field in STFC’s remit, or with a strong inter-disciplinary connection to STFC’s remit, or use an STFC facility to enable their own research
  • Demonstrate a highly credible track record of experience in their field, corresponding to the length of their career to date
  • Demonstrate a highly credible track record of leading and delivering public engagement or outreach
  • Are keen communicators with a willingness to contribute to the success of a UK-wide network

Further information
For details on how to apply please go to our website: https://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/training-and-support/peer-forum/
or contact: Andy.Thompson@stfc.ac.uk

Engagement@Manchester – Partnerships for research collaborations – 29 March 2017, 1:00 -2:30pm, Simon Building, 4.38

In our next Engagement@Manchster session we explore the diversity of research collaborations and engagement across different commercial, service, and third sector organisations. Our academics will highlight the challenges of the developing and managing such partnerships and the opportunities for pathways to impact.

When & Where: Partnerships for research collaborations – 29 March 2017, 1:00 -2:30pm, Simon Building, 4.38


  • Dr Cath O’Neil, School of Biological Science
  • Dr Rebecca Tipton, School of Arts Languages & Cultures
  • Dr Carl Diver, School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering

All welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits on offer.

Missed out on our last session?

We explored how “public engagement can lead to impact” with guest presenter Paul Manners, Director NCCPE. Catch up on the video, slides, reports, and more here.

Dee-Ann Johnson, FSE Researcher Development and Rachel Kenyon, Hums, Business Engagement 

University of Manchester Environmental Research Outreach

Advice, Networking & Exchange of Practical Ideas

Wednesday 14 September 2016, 11am – 2 pm (lunch included), Williamson building G12

All researchers welcome – whether academic staff, research staff or postgraduate research students with an interest in both environmental (science, health, humanities, engineering) research and its dissemination to the public and stakeholders through outreach events. We are equally keen to attract those with experience and advice to share and those with an interest and passion to start to undertake outreach work about their or the university’s environmental research. Early career researchers are particularly welcomed.


  • 11:00 – Outreach showcase – short introduction talks by researchers already involved in environmental outreach including advice on how to get involved.
  • 12:00 – Lunch and outreach demo session – a chance to network and bring along outreach activities which have worked well for engaging the public.
  • 12:45 – Outreach clinic – Submit a description of your research or paper using the form below and we will have a collective think about an outreach activity to help communicate this at an outreach event.
  • 13:30 – Open discussion – To cover topics surrounding how we can better represent the UoM environmental research in outreach events.


Please fill out this form to book your place at the event https://goo.gl/forms/ENSCuEnFqy4DOMN93

Dr Helen Downie, Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester 

Manchester Geomicrobiology group blog: http://manchestergeomicro.wordpress.com/

Engagement@Manchester – Public Engagement in Teaching

Our next engagement@manchester event explores “public engagement in teaching”. All staff and students are welcome to attend this free lunchtime event taking place Wed 19 March, 1-2pm, Kanaris lecture theatre, Manchester Museum

Public engagement can be incorporated into teaching and learning for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Whilst presenting some challenges this can be very rewarding both for students, teachers and for the organisations or groups that are involved. This session will explore a range of different approaches.

Speakers include:

  • Jo Deakin (Law) – From scatter gun to cohesion: opportunities for social responsibility in Criminology. Criminology courses lend themselves to engagement with communities, practitioners and policy makers but how can we pull the strands together into a cohesive, ’embedded’ strategy?
  • Peter Liddel & Polly Low (Classics and Ancient History) – ‘The Iris Project: enhancing literacy through Latin’. We will discuss the involvement of students of Classics and Ancient History in a project which aims to enhance performance in literacy among Year 7 pupils at Canon Slade School, Bolton, by introducing them to Latin.
  • Simon Parry (Arts, Languages and Cultures) – Cultural Work Placements. The Institute of Cultural Practices runs an assessed work placement module for postgraduate students from across the school. Students work in a range of cultural organisations, including museums, theatres and music organisations developing skills such as drama workshop facilitation, museum curating, arts marketing and fundraising at the same time as delivering projects for their host organisations.

There will also be an opportunity to network with others who have an interest in public engagement.

What is engagement@manchester?
Engagement@manchester are lunchtime events to provide informal professional development/networking sessions for anyone interested in public engagement.  We’ve looked at a huge range of topics including citizen science, working with schools, presenting in unusual places, and using social media. You can catch up on previous sessions (filmed events, presentations and resources) here.

Posted by Simon Parry, Lecturer in Arts Management and Drama, The University of Manchester