Interdisciplinary public engagement with research: An exploratory workshop

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Zoom (Online)

What is interdisciplinary public engagement with research (PER), and how might we might embed it within our higher education institutions? Join the discussion with the NCCPE and University of Oxford at our free exploratory workshop. 

*Registration for this event has now closed

About this event

The idea of research being interdisciplinary - that it should incorporate some level of overlap or collaboration with colleagues in other fields - is not just desirable, but often expected. However, when it comes to public engagement (PE) in research institutions, it often relates to a specific topic or discipline.

The recent appointment of the Fellows in Public Engagement with Research at Reuben College in Oxford is part of an ambitious mission to address this, and embed public engagement across its interdisciplinary research - demonstrated in part by the election of PE Fellows with the same status and influence as those with academic fellowships. Read more in our most recent blog.

This presents an exciting opportunity, but also raises many questions. What are the differences between inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary PER? What are the best examples of interdisciplinary PER? What are the challenges and the benefits, for the publics, researchers and PE professionals? And what are the structural and funding incentives that can encourage this specific flavour of public engagement?

Join us and our Oxford colleagues in an exploration of these questions, and a reflection on what  interdisciplinary public engagement could or should be. 

Who is it for?

We actively seek diverse and varied perspectives, so we don’t want to be too prescriptive on what is within or outside scope. However, we do want to focus the discussion on interdisciplinary PE, rather than PE that focuses on interdisciplinary research.

How to join

We have put together this form, to gather views, perspectives and opinions. At the end of the form you will have the opportunity to sign up for the free workshop on the 14th of April. The thoughts and reflections shared via the form will inform our topics of discussion for the workshop, and will be shared in a summary document. We hope that as a community we can use this as an opportunity to take stock on what is our understanding of interdisciplinary PER, and where we would like to take it next.

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