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Catalyst News: The end of the project

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Welcome to the final Catalyst newsletter. The Catalyst project officially finished on the 31st March 2015, although I’m busy writing the final report which will be submitted at the end of June.

I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has had involvement in the project some way – whether you’ve had funding from us, been a Champion for Public Engagement, sat on our Operational Board or External Advisory Board or attended an event. Your participation, support and feedback has been invaluable.

So what next? Hopefully you’ll all be aware of the Impact and Engaged Research Network that was launched in January. It’s aimed at both professional service staff and academics and aims to provide a space to find out more about both agendas, meet other people in similar situations as yourself and discover what support is available to you. As a Catalyst newsletter subscriber, you’ll automatically be moved onto the Impact and Engaged Research Newsletter list. If you don’t want to receive this newsletter, please let me know and I’ll remove you from the database.

I’ve got a couple of things I thought you should know about, so let’s get cracking with the final newsletter:

ESRC Festival of Social Science @ Exeter: Call for applications

We’ve once again been granted funding by the Economic and Social Research Council to run a programme of events as part of this year’s Festival of Social Science, which takes place from 7-14 November 2015. Applications for up to £1,500 of funding are welcome from researchers and PhD students.

A Creative Thinking workshop will be held on 30 April, from 12-1pm in Building One, Marchant Syndicate Room A. Public Engagement Manager Grace Williams will lead a session to stimulate discussion about creative ways to engage the public with social science research. To book your place at the workshop, email the festival team (

Festival guidance and the application form will be shortly be available on the University’s Festival website.

Current Issues in Research Ethics: Working with Children and Schools

6 May, 12:00-14:00, Building:One Bateman Lecture Theatre. (Video link available on request.)

Dr Katrina Wyatt will be joined by Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) co-ordinators to discuss co-creating research with Schools. The Healthy Lifestyles programme is a novel, school located, drama based obesity prevention programme which is being trialled in 32 schools, involving 1300 children. They will discuss this research and their approach to working with schools, focussing on practical and ethical considerations.

For more information about the event, visit the RKT event pages.

Pint of Science – take part

Jay Young (Medical School) is organising Exeter’s first Pint of Science Festival on 18-20 May. Pint of Science is an international festival that aims to bring the latest research to the general public by presenting straightforward talks and fun interactive activities in local pubs around the city. Themes for this year are:

  • Beautiful Minds – neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry.
  • Atoms to Galaxies – physics, chemistry, astrophysics, maths and material sciences.
  • Our Body – life sciences including immunology, cancer, aging, genetics, health & fitness, biotechnology.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact Jay directly (

I’m a Scientist & I’m an Engineer – take part
I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer are two outreach events in which scientists and engineers talk to school students online at and For two weeks, June 15th- 26th, researchers will answer students’ questions, and engage directly with them in live text-based chats. Students will vote for their favourite researcher to win £500 to spend on further public engagement.

Recruitment of scientists and engineers to take part in June is currently under way . Read more and apply to take part before Sunday  3 May at: or

Wellcome Trust: Public Engagement Masterclass, Cambridge

The Wellcome Trust are running a Public Engagement Masterclass from the 27-29 July at their Genome Campus in Cambridge. Applicants must hold a research-related position at a research institute (or equivalent) or higher education institution and a limited number of bursaries to cover the cost of the course are available. For more information and to apply  Deadline 1 June.

National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement: Beginners’ Guide to Public Engagement

This interactive course on 11 June in Birmingham will encourage you to think about why evaluation is important, and what it can tell you. The day will cover important topics including: Why evaluate your activity? How do you get started? How to engage your audiences in evaluation?

For more information, visit the NCCPE website.

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