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Public Lecture: Why we need chaos, silence and boredom in public and patient engagement

A Public Lecture by Dr Sarah Rachael Davies (University of Copenhagen) , Wed 7 December 2016, 16:00 – 17:00 GMT, Lecture Theatre B – Simon Building, The University of Manchester

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Why we need chaos, silence and boredom in public and patient engagement

Everyone seems to agree that public engagement with science, technology and medicine is important. It enables public dialogue, promotes robust outcomes for research, and empowers citizens and patients.

But what should such engagement look like?

In this talk Dr Davies argues that we have focused on some characteristics of productive citizen and patient engagement while pushing others into the background. It might go against all our instincts, but sometimes what we need is to acknowledge the chaos of engagement ecosystems, welcome uncomfortable silences, and interrogate ‘failures’ like boring events.

Wonder-drugs Roadshow

One week to go before the Wonder-drug Roadshow hits the road….

Come to see a sculpture made by Manchester Health Academy School inspired by ‘Medicines Safety’ and try our challenges. A team from the Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre have worked with patients and a local school to develop activities to stimulate discussion and get everyone thinking. Who’s responsible for your safety with medicines?

What’s it all about?

We’re exploring ‘Medication Safety’ with the public. No medicine’s perfect, but what can we do to make them better? Find out about research being done in Greater Manchester to improve the way medicines are used. Our roadshow has something for everyone with fun activities. Why not pop in and try our wonder-drug?

When and where?

  • Tues 28 Oct 10.30am – 4pm – Power Hall, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), M3 4FP.
  • Wed 29 Oct 11am – 3pm – Next to entrance to library, Wythenshawe Forum, M22 5RX
  • Thur 30 Oct 11am – 3pm – Next to main entrance, Pendleton Gateway, M6 5FX

Find out more…

Download the event flyer

Follow us on Twitter: @GM_PSTRC (and join the conversation on #mymedsafety)

Manchester Science Festival website
Primary Care Patient Safety pages

Sciencewise proposals – innovative thinking on public dialogue in policy-making involving science and technology

As part of our commitment to transparency and openness Sciencewise is opening up its thinking to outside influence. We are looking for proposals from individuals, organisations, researchers and practitioners from all sectors for new, innovative work which they could undertake and that will add to thinking on public dialogue in policy-making involving science and technology.

What we are looking for

In the spirit of open policy-making Sciencewise wants to commission innovative thinking which will help Sciencewise to achieve its objective to: “improve policy-making involving science and technology across Government by increasing the effectiveness with which public dialogue is used, and encouraging its wider use where appropriate”

Our aim is to help policy makers to better understand how their context is changing and/or move the field of public dialogue forward. For the ideas selected by our panel we will commission the selected organisation or individual to carry out work worth up-to £5,000 + VAT.

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