In 2014 the National Forum for Public Engagement in STEM was established to bring together key funders and organisations and look at ways to improve collaboration, cooperation, and learning across the sectors involved in informal science learning. We are currently focussed on four key areas. We are keen to test our thinking with you and to seek your views about other areas that should be priorities for our future work.
The four areas we are working on are:
- Evaluation: How can we make evaluation work harder to generate useful insight and evidence that really makes a difference?
- Funding: To what extent is the current funding system geared to meet the strategic priorities of the sector? Is the funding flowing to the right places to generate long term value?
- Engaging Underserved Audiences: How can we develop more equitable access to and engagement with Science for underserved groups?
- Emerging Science and Technology: Can we find better ways to coordinate our engagement activity linked to emerging areas of controversial and challenging science?
They are all areas that we feel are urgent priorities for the sector, where we can help to make a collective difference.
To help us understand these areas more fully we are keen to survey all organisations and individuals involved in engaging the public with STEM. We would really appreciate it if you could contribute to the survey, and pass the link on to colleagues who you think might be keen to take part. The survey should take between 10 and 30 minutes to complete (depending on the level of detail you want to share). The link can be found here.
The results will play a significant role in shaping future Forum work. We’ll share them with this list, and use them to shape discussions at a National Forum Networking Event on the 17th March, 2016 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, London. We have limited places available for this event and would like to ensure that a cross section of organisations and individuals can attend. Full details of how to register your interest are included at the end of the survey.
To find out more about the National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM, please visit this page for more information.