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Introducing our Public Engagement and Media Theme : Dates for your diary in 2021-22

Engaging the public in your research: the why, how, where and when


In these dates for your diary for 2021-22, Professor Barry Smith introduces guidance and support available to members of the FLF Development Network on how to carry out your research and do public engagement.

Academics are increasingly urged to share their research with other organisations and the wider public. To do this productively, in a way that works for you – and your intended audiences – we will provide guidance and support on how you can engage the public in your research meaningfully in a way that advances your research and helps you build your academic portfolio. We will consider how to build support for your project while increasing awareness of your research field as a whole. We will look at what audiences you need to reach, ways you can reach out to communities and engage with museums and galleries, and how you can attract the media to your research and mange relationships with them.


Good public engagement can generate impact for your project, develop your networks and contacts, and expand your spheres of influence, increasing your opportunities for working with non-academic partners.


We have listed the first tranche of events for 2021-22 below, and more will come next year. Bookings will open three months before each date. Please let us know what else you would like to see, and we will do our best to include it in the next round of events.



For those at the outset of their research project who wanted to know how engaging the public could help shape the trajectory of their research:


We ran a 90 min surgery on: How to use public engagement as a research tool on 17 June. You will be able to 'catch up' on this session in the coming weeks on our Videos page, and we will be running the session again in April 2022.



For those with results to share or hoping to influence particular audiences:

  • Sept 2021: Attracting the Media to your Research (Registration opening shortly) Workshop led by Professor Sarah Churchwell, Chair in the Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study with editors from BBC Online, radio producers, science correspondents, and editors.


Looking to involve the public in your research?


We look at ways to move beyond crowdsourcing and develop types of participatory research and citizen science.

  • October 2021: From Crowdsourcing to Citizen Science Bite-sized workshop where we will discuss examples from those who have run successful citizen science projects.


Where can you go to meet the public? How do you reach new audiences?


We look at ready-made opportunities to showcase your research plus innovative ways for researchers to meet new audiences and keep them engaged.

  • November 2021: Making the Most of Festivals and Building Partnerships Workshop where we will hear from programme directors at The Chelte