Public engagement with research can be achieved through a number of methods and techniques. Reflecting on your aims and your audience can help to determine the format that will suit your project’s needs. There are countless public engagement opportunities throughout the year that you can join, or the public engagement team is on hand to support you to develop an independent project. For inspiration, head to King’s Imaging blog where researchers who have done public and patient engagement write about their experiences.
Public engagement opportunities
As life has moved online, The PE team are working closely with the School’s staff and students to ensure their PE plans and activities continue to thrive through online platforms.
Current CME opportunities to get involved:
Want to work with communities and develop new areas of research by connecting with different perspectives and experiences?
Now in its third year, King’s Civic Challenge teams up King’s people with local communities in Southwark, Lambeth and Westminster, to co-create imaginative solutions to local challenges.
This year the Centre for Medical Engineering and MITHRAS team want to enter a small team of researchers and staff with dedicated funding, to connect and work with a local charity.
Once the team and charity partner are matched, they will co-develop a project proposal supported by a programme of training and development. Successful proposals will receive £5000 and have 9 months to deliver the project. Applications are now open to all CME researchers and staff till Monday 25 October (12 noon).
This evening event will bring local community volunteers and members together with CME researchers in an informal setting for conversation, gardening together and an outdoor communal meal together.
Contact Deanne.firstname.lastname@example.org for info and interest.
KHP (King’s Health Partners) Summer School (July 2022)
The King’s Health Partners Summer School is an annual event designed to provide insight into research careers for 14-15 year old GCSE students from local schools. This is an opportunity to run short workshops, give tours or talks. Date tbc.
There are a number of externally organised public engagement opportunities that are on-going. See those listed below and contact them directly for more information.
I’m A Scientist, Get me out of Here!
Connect school students with science outside the classroom, and help them discover STEM careers. All professionals working in fields related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) are welcome to apply. Find out more.
Frontiers for Young Minds
This scheme pairs scientists with kids to act as reviewers for lay friendly articles, empowering them to ask questions and give constructive feedback to the authors. Get involved.
I Can Be
I Can Be brings 7- and 8-year-old girls into the world of work, introducing them to inspiring women and helping them to discover the breadth of opportunity around them. Find out more
In2scienceUK empowers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential through life changing opportunities that give them insights into STEM careers and research and boosts their skills and confidence. Apply online
Soapbox Science is a public outreach platform for promoting women and non-binary scientists and the science they do. Find out more online
We run a King’s Imaging blog where researchers who have done public and patient engagement write about their experiences, so if you’re looking for ideas or inspiration you can read it here!
The King’s Engaged Research Network (KERN) is an exciting collaboration. They foster a growing community of researchers interested in developing sharing and celebrating their public engagement practice at King’s. The KERN activities are aimed at researchers, clinical and technical staff and postgraduate students at King’s College London.
KERN is for researchers interested in engaging different audiences with their research. They also share monthly newsletters which detail opportunities to get involved, information on funding, resources, and sharing good practice. Sign up to receive the KERN newsletter, follow them on @KingsEngages and keep an eye out for the next training session.
There are lots of other online public engagement activities and events taking place across the UK for staff & students to get involved in. Take a further look here.