Past conferences

The Engage Festival 2020 will take place from from Monday 30th November – Friday 4th of December

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)'s Engage Conference has been running annually since 2010, providing an opportunity for all those interested in public engagement in higher education to come together, to be inspired, challenged and refreshed.

We are keen to see conversations and ideas build year on year, and ensure that Engage provides a thoughtful and interesting space to take our collective thinking forward.

You can find photos of past Engage Conferences on the NCCPE's Flickr.

Delegate feedback

"Loved the conference. Left with a renewed enthusiasm for my job and a sense of understanding around the issues and challenges others face.”

“It was a pleasure to be in the company of open-minded, creative people who are active in promoting innovative approaches to public engagement.”

“A really enjoyable, well-organised conference with lots of lively sessions and interesting twists on the standard conference approach - thank you to everyone on the team!”

"...I will approach my own work differently as a result of having attended the conference.”

Engage 2019: Disruption

Engage 2019 was held on the 4th and 5th of December 2019. We explored engagement as an opportunity to disrupt current ways of thinking and doing, in our universities, our research, our futures and our lives.  

See highlights from the conference here.

Engage 2018: Facing the Future

Engage 2018 was held on the 29th and 30th November 2018. We explored new futures for university public engagement; celebrated the NCCPE’s 10 year anniversary; and took stock of the lessons learned. The conference was held in Edinburgh, one of the original Beacons for Public Engagement, and now home of the Beltane Public Engagement Network. 

Engage 2017: Exploring Collaboration

Engage 2017 took place on the 6th and 7th December 2017. The conference took stock of what we are learning about how to realise the promise of collaboration. Looking across the spectrum of collaborative approaches, it showcased cutting edge practice and shared the latest thinking from within higher education and beyond.

Engage 2016: Inspiring Innovation

Engage 2016 took place on the 29th and 30th November 2016. Featuring the finalists of the 2016 Engage Competition, the conference celebrated the diversity of engaged practice across the UK. Encouraging new ways of thinking about engagement and how to support it, the conference provided stimulation and challenge, inspiring us to develop quality practice.

Engage 2015: Engaging with Impact

Engage 2015 took place on the 2nd and 3rd December 2015. The conference teased out the dynamic relationship between engagement and impact: how can researchers find better ways of involving people from outside academia in conceiving, shaping, producing and applying powerful research? Does such engagement actually create better research? How can we find reliable ways to describe the wider social benefits that engagement can create?

Engage 2014

Engage 2014 took place on the 3rd and 4th December 2014, and included a mix of plenaries, workshops, seminars and hands on sessions to bring people close to the cutting edge of public engagement – from both inside the higher education sector and beyond. Some of the UK’s most creative and successful ‘engagers’ were on hand to share their work and the lessons they’ve learned.

Engage 2013: Partnerships that count

Engage 2013 took place on 27th and 28th November 2013, exploring the many ways universities and their partners choose to engage together, and the agendas these partnerships serve.