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The STFC Public Engagement Early-Career Researcher Forum (the 'PEER Forum') supports talented scientists and engineers in the early stages of their career to develop their public engagement and outreach goals.

This ensures the next generation of STFC scientists and engineers continue to deliver the highest quality of purposeful, audience-driven public engagement.

Why join the PEER Forum?

  • To learn practical skills on how to lead public engagement activities, giving you a more rewarding career
  • For support and expertise from the wide ranging network of academics and public engagement professionals within the STFC community
  • To enhance your reputation within the scientific community and give you the opportunity to boost the profile of your work by talking to a wider audience 


  • Have completed (or currently studying for – including apprentices and PhD students) their highest level of academic qualification within the last ten years (not including any career breaks)
  • Are employed at a Higher Education Institute, or a research-intensive Public Sector Research Organisation or Research Laboratory (including STFC’s own national laboratories)
  • Work within a science and technology field in STFC’s remit, or with a strong inter-disciplinary connection to STFC’s remit, or use an STFC facility to enable their own research

The PEER Forum will meet twice a year to share learning and to participate in sessions that will strengthen the depth and breadth of their understanding of public engagement and outreach.

Application is a one-stage process. Application includes sending your CV, a letter of support from your line manager/supervisor, and answers to some assessment questions.

The 2021 call for applications to the PEER Forum will close at 16:00 on 3 June 2021.