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This session provides an introduction to public engagement for anyone interested in getting started or looking for a bit of inspiration. Whether you want to share your exciting science with the future generation of scientists, dabble in social media or want to explore how to involve wider society in your research - there’s something for everyone!  We look at what public engagement is and some of the reasons why you might want to do it. We’ll highlight the multitude of different approaches you can take, including real examples from the University and further afield. We’ll provide tips on getting started and where to get support - researchers will also be on hand to tell you about their experiences and answer your questions (this session includes Dr Tom Hart from the citizen science project Penguin Watch, Dr Anna Machin who has featured in documentaries and Prof David Pyle who has done a range of engagement activities).


  • To increase and reinforce understanding of what public engagement is and the variety of activities that this includes
  • To explore some of the motivations and benefits of researchers doing public engagement
  • To increase awareness of factors to consider when starting to do public engagement
  • To increase awareness of the range of opportunities available locally & nationally, and who to contact

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