Public Engagement Network Conference

Posted on August 11, 2017

Public Engagement Network Conference

Nov 08th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday 8 November: 9am - 5pm

Wolfson Research Exchange, Floor 3 Library Extension, Library Road

warwick_banner.jpgJoin us for a day of interactive discussion and networking with colleagues from across Warwick. We'll be hearing from senior leaders about their vision for Warwick's future as an Engaged University, hearing from you about what you need from a Public Engagement Team, and exploring the intersection between public engagement and Impact. In the afternoon we'll also be hearing from Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association, and self described "Geek Comedian", Dr Steve Cross.


9am - registration and networking (tea and coffee provided)

10am - Welcome and Warwick's vision for Public Engagement, Professor Simon Swain and Professor Pam Thomas

10:30am - Introducing Warwick's Public Engagement Team - find out more about what we do, how we're structured and have your say on how we should be working for you

11:15am - Break

11:30am - Planning for Engagement: The Story of MILESTONE - MILESTONE is an EU funded multi-national project exploring the drop off between children and adult mental health service provision. They have been engaging with young advisors throughout the project, and are now planning their public engagement strategy for the remainder of the project. Hear from Dr Helena Tuomainen, Scientific Research Manager for MILESTONE, about how they've benefitted from planning early on for engagement.

12pm - Pecha Kucha: Why Engage - hear four stories of Public Engagement and what motivates our speakers to do it - they'll be speaking to us in a quick fire format with just 6 minutes 40 seconds of pre-timed slides to get their point across. Pecha Kucha is a great way of doing some light touch public engagement in a fun and entertaining way - Did you know Coventry has a regular Pecha Kucha Night you could join in on. Speakers include: Mark Hinton - Working with Communities; Nicholas Jackson - Engaging mathematics at Science Fiction conventions; Kevin Moffat - Science Communication with Jelly Babies; Sophie Greenway - History of medicine - Digging with Dirt

12:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm - Dr Steve Cross, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association, and self described "Geek Comedian", will be joining us for a bit of stand up comedy helping us see the funny side of engagement and our journey into it

2pm - Steve Cross in Conversation - Join Professor Hilary Marland and Flo Swann from the Centre for the History of Medicine and Professor Mathew Thomson, Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator for Cultural History of the NHS project along with Dr Jennifer Crane, Public Engagement Research Fellow, as they join Steve Cross to discuss their projects and how public engagement is involved.

2:30pm - Understanding Impact and Public Engagement - an overview from the Impact Team

3pm - Jenni Chambers, Head of Public Engagement at RCUK will join us to share the perspective of the research councils on all things public engagement and impact

3:30pm - Breaking down barriers to engagement - this interactive session aims to understand what's stopping you or your colleagues from doing public engagement, and between us we want to identify solutions - be they a quick fix or a long term battle the PE team should be taking on

4pm - Networking and scones

5pm - Close


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