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:
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Great Exhibition Road Festival is an annual gathering which celebrates the amalgamation of arts and science every summer. The festival transforms the Exhibition Road and surrounding areas of South Kensington into a space of exploration of the trailblazing ideas that have and will continue to change the world. In this opportunity, you can organize hands-on workshops, talks, performances and installations and display your work alongside displays from iconic museums, research and cultural organisations, including Imperial College London, the Natural History Museum, Royal College of Music, Science Museum, and more. This will give you an opportunity to engage with audiences from around the world in a stimulating environment over two days in the London summer: June 18th and 19th 2022.
The researchers from our School are organising an engaging installation to introduce audiences to the world of Medical Imaging. You can get involved as a volunteer to support your fellow researchers, help them develop the exhibit and enjoy being part of one of the biggest celebrations of science in the UK. This opportunity will allow you to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds in an informal and enjoyable setting.
To get involved and support this project or know more about this opportunity, email email@example.com
Learning – Evaluation – Action Programme is a training programme for PhD students at King’s College London, designed to help you develop your consultancy skills, knowledge and mindset. By taking part in LEAP, you will learn:
- How to use your knowledge and research skills in a real-life project
- Transferable skills linked to consultancy (e.g., project management, negotiation, communication, evaluation)
- How to work with a client to solve problems for a real-life project
- How to reflect on achievements and learn from your experiences
This is a paid opportunity. You will be required to attend training sessions and then offered a fee of £750, which equates to £25 per hour (minus any tax) once you create an evaluation output.
Twilight Gardening @ Paper Garden – new season of 6 events from April 2022
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.
Together with our community partner Global Generation, we are hosting sessions every third Wednesday for the next 6 months. The first will be Wednesday 20th April, 5 -7.30pm at their community space – Paper Garden.
The aim of the session is for you to hear health experiences, questions and concerns from local seldom heard communities, share your health knowledge and for community members to feel more comfortable to ask questions about their bodies and health as well as see the connection between their health, science and nature
These themed sessions will cover, Plants and the Senses, Nature’s Symbiotic relationships, Plants and the Human body.
Read Dr Amelia Moore’s blog about her experience at one of our first events. Gardening at Twilight brings health researchers and local community together – King’s Imaging (wordpress.com)
Wednesday 20th April, 5-7.30pm – Plants and the Senses
Wednesday 18th May, 5-7.30pm – Nature’s Symbiotic relationships
Wednesday 15th June, 5-7.30pm – Plants and the Human body
Wednesday 20th July, 5-7.30pm – Plants and the Senses
Wednesday 17th August, 5-7.30pm – Plants and the Human body
Wednesday 21st September, 5-7.30pm – Nature’s Symbiotic relationships
Look at the dates and we suggest coming to at least 2 sessions, it will be fun!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or with the dates you’d like to attend and the themes of interest.
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
Nuffield Research Placements
Nuffield Research Placements inspire the next generation, championing students from disadvantaged backgrounds to have meaningful personal growth and skills development experiences whilst furthering the mentoring and management skills of placement hosts. Find out more.
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.