‘Public Engagement’ (P.E.) describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of research can be shared with the public for mutual benefit.
For researchers at all levels, P.E. can prove to be an inspirational, rewarding and career enhancing experience but, too often, it is seen purely as a way of disseminating research findings rather than the consultative and collaborative process it can and should be.
In this interactive workshop we will discuss the different forms P.E. can take, the imperatives to do it well and how to get started. There will be input from highly experienced, publically engaged LJMU researchers from a range of disciplines who will help to illustrate best practice around P.E., how to evidence the outcomes of P.E. and how they have benefited professionally from engaging with their ‘publics’.
This session will be valuable to staff interested in improving how they interact with non-academic communities or organisations at various stages of the research life-cycle.
The aims of the session are to:
illustrate why public engagement is important, including in relation to research careers, the REF and generating income
broaden your perspective on how and when to engage with people and organisations outside of academia
expose you to case studies of successful public engagement from across the university
By the end of this workshop you will:
be able to articulate a variety of different P.E. approaches and activities
understand the potential benefits of getting involved in P.E. and understand how to evidence the outcomes of it
reflect on how you can make P.E. work best for you and your career