Thursday, 10 October 2013

STFC PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM

Location of event: STAFF HOUSE , UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Date: 25 NOVEMBER 2013.

Registration.10:00am. Main Programme: 10:30- 17:00

The event is for all those who engage with STFC and its facilities and are interested in public engagement with science and technology. The programme for this fully interactive, lively one day event is now shaping up – this is your chance to be inspired by experienced public engagement champions and  to “get the engagement bug.”  Thank you to those who have already registered – 100 and rising daily!  

You will be able to share best practice, take part in hands-on interactive workshops and find out about all of the resources and people that are available to help you.

Public engagement is a vital part of the work of STFC, as will be highlighted in welcomes by STFC Chief Executive Professor John Womersley and Chair of STFC Council, Professor Sir Michael Sterling.  The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor David Eastwood, is also welcoming us.

Keynote speakers confirmed are:
·         Head of Science for the BBC, Andrew Cohen who will be talking on STFC Science and working in partnership with the BBC
·         TV presenter Professor Iain Stewart will cover taking science to the public – new rules of engagement
·         Dr Suzie Sheehy, an accelerator scientist at STFC, will talk about her exciting work covering a decade of public engagement.

There will be a choice of hands-on interactive workshops including:  
New and social media – a practical approach
Diversity: how to reach the hard to reach
Pathways to Impact, the REF and evaluating your public engagement work
Working with schools and young people
Working with the media

There will be exhibits and practical hands on activities during lunch, as well as a chance for you to talk to public engagement experts and find out about what resources are out there to help you.
Whether you are new to public engagement, want to branch out into a new method of engagement or just want to brush up on the latest developments, this is the event of the year for you.

All researchers who engage with STFC and its supported Laboratories/Facilities are welcome. We particularly welcome participation by early career researchers.  Attending can contribute to any researchers’ continuing professional development.

STFC can contribute up to £100 towards reasonable actual travel and subsistence costs to enable STFC-funded PhD students, PDRAs and Postdoctoral Fellows to attend. Please contact Jane Butt to check your eligibility.



Please register as soon as possible and at the latest by Wednesday 18 Nov 2013. Registered delegates will be sent further details and a final programme in early November.

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