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
The PE team organise a variety of public engagement opportunities over the year that are open for anyone to get involved in.
Would you like to join local community members to discuss health and nature, take part in gardening activities and eat together? This is an opportunity to build trust and relationships with our local communities in an informal setting. You will have space to connect with the lived health experiences of people in our local area, share your health knowledge and explore these together.
The first session will be on 13th September, 5 – 7.30pm
Science Gallery London – Artificial Intelligence & Ethics season 2023
Science Gallery London is a place to grow ideas across the arts, sciences and health.
From June 2023 – January 2024, the AI & Ethics season AI: Who’s looking after me? takes a questioning and playful look at the ways artificial intelligence is already shaping so many areas of our lives – from our healthcare and justice systems to how we look after our pets. Who holds the power, who distributes the benefits, and who bears the burden of existing AI systems? Can we rely on these technologies for our wellbeing and happiness?
If you are interested in getting involved or want to find out more, please email email@example.com
External public engagement opportunities
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 taken part in public and patient engagement activities reflect on 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.