Engage 2018: Call for contributions

Submitting your expression of interest

We are really pleased that you would like to be involved with this year's conference, which will be held in Edinburgh on the 29th-30th November

Framing new futures for public engagement

At the Engage Conference this year we’ll be exploring new futures for university public engagement; celebrating the NCCPE’s 10 year anniversary; and taking stock of the lessons learned. Weaving in stories from people who have been working to embed public engagement in their practice and institutions – and with provocation from outside the sector - Engage 2018 will help set the foundations for the road ahead.

The conference will be framed around three themes:

  • Facing the future 

The landscape for public engagement continues to morph and change, sensitive to broader changes in wider society. How can we make sense of the dramatic changes we are living through? How do we need to adapt our engagement activity? What opportunities are we missing? Who else can help? What will it look like 10 years from now? How will we get there?

  • Stories of change 

Engagement takes time, but can be transformative. Stories can help reflect where we have come from and where we are going, enabling us to gain insights and change direction. Do you have stories to share – about your own journey or about how teams, projects, organisations and publics have been changed by engagement?

  • Perspectives on practice 

Engagement is typically a human, subtle process that creates significant change – to people, practices and products. There are a multitude of methods and approaches. Can you help us understand how to make engagement work?

Call for contributions

If you would like to contribute to one or more of the above themes, have transformational stories to share, tricky issues to explore, or would like to stimulate discussion, debate and reflection, we invite you to share your ideas. Break-out sessions will include the following formats:

  • Interactive workshops: Host a 60 or 90 minute workshop exploring the practice, principles or prospects of public engagement. Please make sure you tell us how you will ensure the session is tailored to the needs of delegates, and how you will use interactivity to encourage participation.
  • Debates or panel discussions: Convene a 60 or 90 minute debate, or panel discussion. Sessions will provide opportunities to hear a range of perspectives on emerging trends or tricky issues.
  • Storytelling: Storytelling is a powerful engagement tool, and we are keen to hear your stories of change. If you have a story to share, we invite you to contribute a 7 minute story followed by Q&A. Story telling sessions will bring together several story tellers to weave their magic.
  • Thinking spaces: Returning to Engage this year by popular demand, thinking spaces are hour-long hosted discussions aimed at delegates who want a different type of conversation. Would you like to host a thinking space, providing a relaxed, informal space to explore particular issues in a more open format?
  • Taster case studies: People relish the chance to learn from other's experience. Taster case studies are a chance to host a table of up to 10 people, and to use a 20 minute slot to engage them (without powerpoint or audio-visual aids - but hopefully with interesting props) in a focussed conversation about an aspect of your work.

In addition to this we are also inviting contributions to our popular poster party on the evening of the 29th November, which this year will include contributions from the local community, and encounters session at lunch on the 30th November, so please indicate if you would like to:

  • Host a poster showcasing excellent public engagement practice
  • Host an interactive encounter providing delegates with a hands-on experience of public engagement in action

Please complete the following form with details of the contribution you would like to make. If you would like to make more than one contribution to the conference, please ensure that you submit separate forms for each one. The application form cannot be saved and returned to at a later date, and cannot be retrieved in the event of an internet connection error or timeout, so please prepare your words in a separate document. Applications close on the 18th June 2018. We will be in contact by 31st July to confirm next steps.

Please note, contributors will need to book their place at the conference by the 10th September in order to confirm your slot. As the submitting party, session leaders are responsible for ensuring that all other contributors to their session are aware of this and have also booked their places.  Failure to do so may result in your space being given to someone else. 

We will open the bookings for successful contributors on the 27th of August, a week before the main bookings open, and contributors are strongly encouraged to use this early booking period to secure their place at the conference. 

Thank you for your interest in Engage 2018. If you have any queries please contact nccpe.enquiries@uwe.ac.uk

Your Details

Contribution details

Please provide further details of your contribution below:

Workshop contributors

Workshop contribution

Please be aware that we might invite you to work with other contributors in themed sessions. If you are willing to do this, you will need to design the workshop together, drawing on each of your approaches.

Seven word limit. If your application is successful, this will be used in the conference programme as is.
100 word limit. If your application is successful, this will be used in the conference programme as is.
Tick all that apply
100 word limit
100 word limit
E.g. room set-up (cabaret, theatre style, other); access requirements; AV; stationery etc.

Additional facilitator or contributor details

Please use this section to add the details of anyone else who will be involved in delivering your workshop. 

Additional Contributor 1
One sentence only please.
E.g. facilitating, sharing a case-study, hosting a table, giving a presentation...
Debate or panel

Debate or panel

Please be aware that we might invite you to work with other contributors in themed sessions. If you want to convene a panel, but would like help finding suitable panellists - please indicate this below and, if your application is successful, we will work with you to find suitable participants. Alternatively, you can use the NCCPE PEN list to find potential contributors.

Seven word limit. If your application is successful, this will be used in the conference programme as is.
100 word limit. If your application is successful, this will be used in the conference programme as is.
Tick all that apply
100 word limit
100 word limit
E.g. room set-up (cabaret, theatre style, other); access requirements; AV; stationery etc.

Additional contributor details

Please list additional facilitators or contributors and confirm whether they are confirmed, have been contacted/invited, or are suggestions.

Additional contributor 1
One sentence only please.
Storytelling

Storytelling

Please be aware that you might be asked to contribute alongside other storytellers in themed sessions.

Seven word limit. If your application is successful, this will be used in the conference programme as is.
100 word limit. If your application is successful, this will be used in the conference programme as is.
Tick all that apply
100 word limit
100 word limit
The storytelling sessions will take place in a bespoke space. We are not anticipating story tellers using PowerPoint, etc. Therefore if there are specific things you need other than a space to tell your story, and props that you will bring, please indicate here...

Additional contributor details

Please list additional facilitators or contributors and confirm whether they are confirmed, have been contacted/invited, or are suggestions. Max. one additional facilitator or contributor per story.

Additional contributor
One sentence only please.
Taster case studies

Taster case studies

Please be aware that we might invite you to work with other contributors in themed sessions.

Seven word limit. If your application is successful, this will be used in the conference programme as is.
100 word limit. If your application is successful, this will be used in the conference programme as is.
Tick all that apply
100 word limit
100 word limit

Additional contributor details

Please list additional facilitators or contributors and confirm whether they are confirmed, have been contacted/invited, or are suggestions. Max. one additional contributor per taster case study.

Additional contributor
One sentence only please.
Thinking space

Thinking space contribution

Thinking spaces are open sessions, which are largely delegate directed. Here we are looking for hosts, who will suggest a discussion topic that is relevant to our delegates, and facilitate a group discussion.

Please include details of why this topic is important or relevant to our delegates.
100 word limit. If your application is successful, this will be used in the conference programme as is.
Tick all that apply
100 word limit
100 word limit
Sessions will be in a thinking space area - with access to flip-charts, pens, post-its, etc. If you anticipate needing other materials please detail them here.

Additional contributor details

Please list additional facilitators or contributors and confirm whether they are confirmed, have been contacted/invited, or are suggestions.

Additional facilitator 1
One sentence only please.
Poster hosts

Poster contribution

Posters should be:

  • A1 size
  • Portrait layout
  • Include a clear title
  • We suggest that your poster contains no more than 500 words

You will need to make arrangements for your poster to be printed, display boards will be provided.

Seven word limit. If your application is successful, this will be used in the conference programme as is.
100 word limit
100 word limit
E.g. any access requirements, or requirements for interactive elements

Additional contributor details

Please use this section to add the details of anyone else who will be involved in hosting your poster.

Additional contributor 1
One sentence only please.
Encounter hosts

Encounter contribution

Encounters are interactive experiences that provide our delegates with an opportunity to get hands-on and experience public engagement in action. Examples from previous years include games, demonstrations and even temporary tattoos!

100 word limit
E.g. any access requirements, access to power outlets, tables and chairs, or requirements for interactive elements
100 word limit
100 word limit

Additional contributor details

Please use this section to add the details of anyone else who will be involved in delivering your encounter. 

Additional contributor 1
One sentence only please.