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The National Forum for Public Engagement in STEM is keen to ensure we are responsive to the needs of people working to engage the public with STEM. This could be as researchers in universities; science communication practitioners; businesses committed to STEM outreach; funders and policy makers; or practitioners and educators from other sectors (for instance, the arts, museums, broadcasting, education and community development). We want to help to build common purpose across these different communities.
There are plenty of opportunities to contribute to our work:
- Working groups and special projects: We are currently supporting a number of collective projects including: working groups on evaluation and engaging underserved audiences; a project to inform our approach to professionalising public engagement; and we are contributing to coordinating groups on machine learning and genome editing. We welcome organisations and individuals outside the Forum to contribute to these.
- Developing tools and resources: We are currently working towards the development of Science Capital tools, including a HEAT map which identifies levels of science capital across different regions in the UK. Each of our projects seek to generate learning, new approaches, outcomes and resources for the sector, which we share and invite people to pilot and test.
- Networking event: We facilitate a bi-annual networking event to bring people across the sector together to develop practice and share learning. Our next event will take place in Summer 2018.
If you would like to receive updates about our activities and contribute to the conversation please sign up to the NCCPE Newsletter below.
If you would like to find out more about any of these activities and the work of the Forum and its sub-groups you can contact the Secretariat directly: Lisa.Adlington@uwe.ac.uk