A networking event: National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM

UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres

Building back better: Public Engagement with Research.

15th October at 13:00-16:00

To register your interest, please sign up here.

The past year has brought unprecedented change and disruption to how we live and work. As we move towards the autumn, there is growing uncertainty over what the future holds. Will we see further and recurrent outbreaks of COVID-19? What will the long-term impact be on the economy? Can we maintain momentum other crucial issues (i.e. climate change, diversity and inclusion) during these turbulent times? How do we adapt to a socially distanced world?

It is time to take stock and look to the future, whilst also addressing the pressing issues that face public engagement with research now. We would like to invite you to join us for an online conference event, that will focus on how we build back better for more effective engagement with research. The National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM is convening the event. To get the most from this event, we suggest attendees either have responsibility for and oversight of public engagement as a key part of their role or take formal and informal responsibility for championing and embedding public engagement across their organisation and community. We aim through this event to provide the opportunity to learn more about the activity of the National Forum and to feed into collective priorities moving forward. 

Items for discussion include:

  • Sharing and mobilising learning about public engagement during a global health emergency. Help us identify and understand ‘what works’ when communicating science in a crisis. How can we mobilise our networks as quickly as possible to share learning? How are we adapting our activities and venues for social distancing, working with our partners in new ways?
  • How can we build back better from COVID-19? What are the outcomes that we’re looking for? What partnerships do we need to generate these outcomes? How can we help develop those? How can funders better direct their resources to build the future we want to see?
  • There will also be a small number of workshops focused on the work of the STEM Forum. Including in areas such as diversifying routes in public engagement careers, place-based engagement, public engagement with climate change and developments in audience monitoring and science capital. 

Please note that places at the event will be limited. 

To register your interest, please sign up here: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/building-back-better-public-engagement-with-research

About the National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM

The National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM was set up in 2014 to help its members identify and address known sector-wide issues that can’t be solved by people working in isolation, and that requires concerted and collaborative effort over the long term. The Forum provides a space for key funders and organisations involved in setting the national agenda for public engagement in STEM to identify and work together on strategic issues with the wider STEM Engagement community where collective action can assert system-wide change. You can find out more about our work here.