News for May and June

What’s been going on

1. Science Communication Conference

Helen ran a session with Paul Manners, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement which prompted discussion on how to bridge the gap between those who do public engagement and those who critically study it. There was lively discussion with clear messages emerging about synthesising research insight for practitioners, involving researchers at practitioner conferences and co-research involving practitioners, read the notes from the session.

2. Seed fund updates

Our Seed Fund projects have begun in earnest: meetings, site visits and bursary adverts are all happening. We’re looking forward to seeing how these progress over the coming months.

See this news item about Thomas Davies and Hannah Guy’s collaborative project about light pollution.




3. Derek Janes: The Smugglers’ Coast

Derek Janes is undertaking PhD research looking at smuggling in SE Scotland, in the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies. In the course of his studies, and using experience from his long career in museums and heritage, he’s identified 15 sites along the Eyemouth coast which could be interpreted for walkers and visitors to the area. Derek is working with National Trust for Scotland and Scottish Borders Council and has submitted proposals to funding schemes which support the revival of fishing communities. From this, Derek has learned that serious academic projects in the humanities have the potential to make a contribution to economic regeneration and to change the view that people have of their own communities. Derek is keen to share his experiences – get in touch with him for a chat

4. Research Focus Week

We had a busy week during Research Focus Week. We ran a PE workshop and also took part in the two Show Me The Money workshops for Early Career Researchers. It was great to see so many people interested in involving the public with their research.

5. Guardian news chat on public engagement

If, like me*, you didn’t take part in this as it happened then catch up now. It makes for interesting reading and highlights some of the live issues for those us involved with public engagement in HEIs. *I was helping the British Ecological Society at Wychwood Festival.

6. John Chilton at the Science Cafe

One of our Champions for Public Engagement spoke at the Falmouth Science Cafe yesterday. We’ll hear more about his experience in the future, but I expect it was an exciting and interesting evening!

7. University of the Third Age (U3A)

We had a really productive meeting with representatives of the Exeter branch of the U3A . They’re really keen to be more involved. Do get in touch if you need a friendly audience or would like to work with an enthusiastic and interested group of adults.

8. Arts and Ecology Moves On Campus

The Innovation Centre is the new base of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, an innovative educational charity whose aim is to use the arts to explore deeper understandings of our place within nature.

Many of its past programmes have been linked to academic research, ranging from collaborations with Oxford Brookes University to the London College of Fashion. On campus, its particular focus will be on creating research links with Colleges and subject disciplines in the University, as well as other organisations in the Centre.

CCANW would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to discuss collaboration with them. In the first instance, please email Director Clive Adams on . Further information on CCANW is available at

What’s coming up

1. 18 June – Public Engagement – what do the funders want?

There are still places available! Book now if you want to talk directly with the research councils and Wellcome Trust.

2. Impact Awards – Public Engagement

We are really pleased to announce that we have a Public Engagement category in the Impact Awards. Do apply – it’s the first year that we’ve had this category and there are lots of really good examples that could qualify. Let me know if you want to chat about your submission. Find out more about the awards and how to apply.

3. Melting Pot 2, ESI

The Creative Exchange programme is a joint project of the ESI and Falmouth University’s Research in Art, Nature and the Environment research group (RANE). The Creative Exchange programme fosters dialogue between the two groups and facilitates collaboration between ESI researchers and creative practitioners, across all media, who engage with issues of environment and sustainability in their work. The programme also aims to stimulate opportunities for public engagement with ESI research. We have a rolling programme of Creative Exchange Affiliates and a small budget to help support projects. Register and find out more.

4. Call for proposals Community-Campus Partnerships for Health’s next conference, April 30-May 3, 2014, Chicago

From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Equitable & Transformative Partnerships.” Proposals are due September 30, 2013 for skill-building workshops, creative arts sessions, stories, roundtable discussions and posters that advance the conference theme and align with one or more of these conference topics:

•     Communities as centers of learning, discovery and engagement

•     Authentically engaged institutions

•     Shared power and resources

•     Ethical policies and practices

•     Changing governmental and institutional policies and systems

•     Sustaining partnerships and their outcomes

•     Next generation leadership

•     Mobilizing knowledge for action

Whether you are directly involved in community-based participatory research, service-learning or multi-sector coalitions – or are working to ensure the conditions are in place for such partnerships to thrive and have impact – the conference is designed to challenge and inspire you!

Regardless of the social justice issue you are passionate about – health equity, education, environmental justice, food security, sustainability, indigenous rights and so forth – together we will explore how partnerships can transform our communities and institutions. Find out more.

5 Community Partner Summit 2, 23rd and 24th September 2013 – Bristol

The summit will bring together community leaders and practitioners from across the UK to collectively examine, debate and identify ways to build community partner capacity. The aim is to help generate stronger community-university partnerships that benefit us all and impact social challenges now and into the future.   For more information on the event.

6. Engineering busking

Are you and engineer who wants to take their work to the streets? You might be interested in Ingenious Busking:

“We are ‘Ingenious Busking’ and our mission is ‘to share the thrill and importance of Engineering through street theatre’. We want to get people to think about Engineering, we want to promote the careers in Engineering.

We are recruiting volunteers to join us in interacting with the public with our brand new short engineering street theatre shows.”

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