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The Engage Conference from the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement is the main conference for those interested in public engagement via HEIs to hear the latest developments, network and discuss. This year it returns to Bristol from 6-7 December.

The promise of collaboration is enormous: as a route to sharing expertise and working together to do purposeful work that makes a difference.  For universities, it can be a route to better research and teaching, and to express universities’ commitment to engaging more productively with society.

Recent years have seen a flowering of approaches: from citizen science to co-production; from patient involvement to urban ‘labs’.

Whilst there can be huge benefits, the practice of collaboration can be challenging.  Indeed, challenge can be a key ingredient for healthy partnerships. Engage 2017will take stock of what we are learning about how to realise the promise of collaboration.  Looking across the spectrum of collaborative approaches, it will showcase cutting edge practice and share the latest thinking from within higher education and beyond.

The conference will explore:

Practice: increasingly sophisticated approaches to collaboration are evolving across the higher education sector and beyond.  We will showcase some of the most interesting practices, and explore their commonalities and differences

Principles: we will explore the assumptions, ethics and reasoning that underpin practice, and share the latest critical thinking about collaboration.   We will confront challenges head on: Whose knowledge counts? When is it better to collaborate, and when is it better to work alone? To what extent can mutual benefit be realised from collaborative working? How can power be negotiated and shared?

Prospects: where next for collaboration? With such a huge weight of expectation, we will challenge delegates to construct a critical, aspirational vision for university collaboration.  What, collectively and individually, should we be attending to in order to realise its potential?

 

To see the full programme and register visit the NCCPE's website: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/work-with-us/engage-conference/engage-2017

 

Below is a list of opportunities to join single sessions at Communicate 2017: Navigating Change for just £25+VAT.  

DAY ONE: Wednesday 1st November 2017

These sessions run in parallel and some are repeated - please be mindful of timings when making your bookings.

 

*CHANGING MINDS: TOOLS FROM BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE*

Environmental communicators need to influence positive change by understanding how people think, respond to information and formulate their own opinions. Bringing together insights from a special pre-conference event,

Dr. Michael Sanders, Dr. Kris Meyer and Dr. Anne Hunt take delegates through the latest theories and tools from cutting edge research and practice in behavioural psychology & sociology and how they can be adapted to communication.

Clifton Pavilion Garden Room, 1:30PM - 2:30PM (Not repeated)

 

MEETING - AND SURVIVING - THE MEDIA

Develop your skills for media interviews without losing the story (or the science)

Conservation Education Centre, 1:40PM - 2:30PM & 2:50PM - 3:40PM (Repeated)

 

CREATING IMPACTFUL CAMPAIGNS

Get inspired: making a difference in cities and communities without breaking the bank.

Conservation Education Centre, 1:40PM - 2:30PM & 2:50PM - 3:40PM (Repeated)

 

ART CHANGES PEOPLE

Reaching new audiences in new ways, and how ‘art’ might be the most exciting tool yet.

Conservation Education Centre, 1:40PM - 2:30PM & 2:50PM - 3:40PM (Repeated)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA ON A SHOESTRING

Making a splash in the digital space: using great ideas instead of big budgets.

Conservation Education Centre, 1:40PM - 2:30PM & 2:50PM - 3:40PM (Repeated)

 


DAY TWO: Thursday 2nd November 2017

These sessions run in parallel and some are repeated - please be mindful of timings when making your bookings.

 

*THE CHANGING FACE OF GREEN SPACE*

Neighbourhood green spaces are increasingly making headline news, as the arguments over their value and resourcing intensify. Join The National Trust, a leading academic, and Ellie Shipman, participatory artist, to explore range of positive, creative and proactive interventions that are helping communities access, manage and re-imagine their local green spaces.

Clifton Pavilion Garden Room, 1:30PM - 2:30PM (Not repeated)

 

*GENERATION SHIFT*

Some say that our age defines us – it can certainly determine how we are perceived, treated and engaged with. We take a look behind the stereotypes and explore techniques and interventions for understanding and engaging with the full range of different age groups. Hosted by Helen Featherstone, University of Bath and featuring films and video interviews with project leaders across the world.

Clifton Pavilion Garden Room, 2:50PM - 3:50PM (Not repeated)

 

TOOLS FOR BEHAVIOUR CHANGE

Introducing interdisciplinary tools for changing behaviours when a nudge isn’t enough

Conservation Education Centre, 1:40PM - 2:30PM & 2:50PM - 3:40PM (Repeated)

 

THE POWER OF LANGUAGE

Words matter. An in-depth exploration of the use of effective, persuasive language.

Conservation Education Centre, 1:40PM - 2:30PM & 2:50PM - 3:40PM (Repeated)

 

UNLOCKING INCLUSIVITY

We’re all striving to make the environment more inclusive and representative. Real ideas, from projects that work.

Conservation Education Centre, 1:40PM - 2:30PM & 2:50PM - 3:40PM (Repeated)

 

Communicate is sponsored by ESRC, University of Bath, Wellcome, Triodos Bank UK and Greenhouse PR.