Engage 2018

Thursday 29th & Friday 30th November 2018 in Edinburgh

Framing new futures for public engagement

Engage 2018 was held on the Thursday 29th and Friday 30th November in Edinburgh. 

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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?

This year we are going to Edinburgh, one of the original Beacons for Public Engagement, and now home of the Beltane Public Engagement Network. We are working with the Beltane Public Engagement Network which comprises Edinburgh Napier UniversityHeriot Watt University, the University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University to curate, organise and deliver an Engage Conference with a difference. Expect all the things you love about Engage - including plenty of opportunities to network and connect with others, inspiring keynote speakers, critical analysis, and stories of excellent engagement. A new place gives us the opportunity to include some new features, including a community focused 'poster party', and wrap-around events with a Scottish flavour.

Ticket information


Ticket prices are as follows:

Standard tickets     

One day ticket - £220.00

Two day ticket - £385.00

Concessionary tickets

Concessionary tickets are available for full-time students or those from community organisations.

One day ticket - £125.00

Two day ticket - £290.00

Bursaries may be available for delegates from community partner organisations. Please contact lisa.adlington@uwe.ac.uk to enquire.

Once you've booked your ticket for Engage 2018, you will have the opportunity to purchase membership for our new Public Engagement Professionals Network at a discounted rate.

Events information

If you're coming to Engage don't miss out on conference events, which this year have a uniquely Scottish flavour. Tickets are still available but won't hang around for long. To secure your place please email lisa.adlington@uwe.ac.uk

Conference Dinner & Ceilidh

19:30 to late, 29th November, The Caves

Join us at the end of day one for a sumptuous three-course meal and the fabulous Science Ceilidh band in a unique venue.

Cost: £57 pp. Fully booked.

St Andrew's Day Celebration

17:30 to 20:00, 30th November, Grassmarket Community Project

Celebrate St Andrew's Day with drinks and canapes at an award-winning community centre in the heart of Edinburgh. There will be a chance to sample local artisan spirits and "science cocktails", experience some of the engagement happening in and around Edinburgh, and network with conference delegates. Expect the unexpected!

Cost: £40 pp. Email lisa.adlington@uwe.ac.uk to book.

Engaged Practice Learning Exchange (EPLE)

14:30 - 17:30, 28th November, The Balmoral

Developed by the NCCPE with CBR Canada, EPLE provides an opportunity for public engagement professionals to have some time and space to stimulate innovation in what they do. The workshop will be followed by an informal drinks nearby.
Cost: £55 pp OR £35 pp for Engage delegates. Fully booked.

Venue & accommodation

The conference is being held in The Assembly Rooms (54 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR). We will also be holding some workshops at The Balmoral (1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ).

To find and book accommodation, please see Convention Edinburgh's Engage 2018 website.

The Beltane Network have created a Locals' Guide to Edinburgh for Engage 2018 delegates.

For all enquiries, please contact lisa.adlington@uwe.ac.uk