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Creative Engagement: Digital strategies for engaging public audiences with research in the sciences and arts

Join the University of Birmingham Public Engagement with Research team for the fifth in our new series of #CREATIVEENGAGEMENT workshops aimed at showcasing how innovative collaborations between researchers and other artists, creatives, makers, end-users and enthusiasts can open doors to engaging new audiences with the amazing work that researchers do.

This workshop focuses on ‘Digital Engagement' as a powerful strategy for modern day engagement with research - from science through to arts and humanities. Digital methods are already helping to open up research access and transparency to even broader and more diverse groups, whilst also providing proactive opportunities to meaningfully involving others in research delivery, engagement or discussion. The fact that different platforms appeal to different audiences and age groups also enables opportunity for more targeted engagement planning. This workshop will explore these ideas in more detail using case studies.

At this workshop you’ll hear directly from University of Birmingham researchers already carrying out digital engagement work, though all are at slightly different stages of development. We will also be joined by special guest Chris Wakefield from University of York, who will be talking to us about the successful Must Farm Project. Chris will also lead on our practical session, providing you with tips and tricks to think through your own digital engagement strategy.

Speakers sharing their experiences with you:

Professor Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement with Science at University of Birmingham will kick off proceedings, highlighting why digital engagement is now

Dr Victoria Goodyear: Victoria is a pedagogical researcher in physical education and sport pedagogy. Her research focusses on digital technologies and social media in young people’s health and wellbeing, teacher professional development and curriculum innovation, as well as digital methods and ethics.

Dr Adam Schembri: Adam is a Reader in Linguistics and over recent years he has been using social media to open dialogue and raise public awareness of sign languages as well as linguistics more generally. He has carried out online engagement with the broader lingustics community, British Sign Language (BSL) and other public groups.

Joining as our external guest speaker:

Christopher Wakefield: Chris is the Online Outreach Officer for Must Farm and has worked in British commercial archaeology for the past five years. While studying archaeology as an undergraduate, he worked part-time as a videogames journalist for a variety of publications and websites. The Must Farm project's online presence has helping bring to life what turned out to be one of the most prominent prehistrric excavataions in recent history.


WHEN: 22 January, 2020

WHERE: Exact building location will be confirmed here in Sept/Nov, however the event will definitely take place on the main Edgbaston campus of University of Birmingham.

TIME: 12:00-16:00, starting promptly at noon.


FORMAT OF EVENT:

12:00 Arrivals / Registration (we will begin promptly at noon)

12:00 - 13:00 Talks from Alice, Victoria and Adam. 15-20 minutes from each academic speaker, with time for Q&A.

13:00 - 13:30 Lunch & Networking. Use this break as your opportunity for some speedy networking and light refreshments.

13:30 - 14:15 Chris Wakefield will talk about the Must Farm (archaeology) project and the digital engagement he's been involved with.

14:15 - 16:00: Have-a-Go: Join our external guest Chris Wakefield as he provides you with an opportunity to consider your own digital engagement strategy. We hope this will be a fun, practical taster session that will give attendees an idea of how to begin with digital engagement. It is obviously not intended as a one on one in-depth consultation with Chris.

AIMS OF THE DAY:

We want attendees to leave inspired to consider incorporating creative engagement methods into their future public engagement activity, whether this is perhaps through developing a digital strategy or looking into other appropriate collaborators or methods. We also hope that attendees will leave knowing more about the public engagement work being carried out within the University of Birmingham research community and that they feel able approach relevant contacts for peer-to-peer advice or potential collaborations. We also hope to learn of other researchers and collaborators carrying out exciting engagement work linked to research, so that we can potentially share these stories with others through future events. We hope to run our next event in Spring 2019 - watch this space.

TARGET AUDIENCE:

Places are limited. We often get asked about the target audience for our events. For this event we aim to encourage attendance from the following:

  • University of Birmingham researchers (Postgraduate to Professor) interested in developing public engagement and research impact
  • Creatives, artists, designer, coders and practitioners from inside/outside the University who are interested in learning more about collaborating with researchers, those who are interested in digital engagement themselves or who already practice directly in this area. We especially welcome attendance from those who work in digital engagement or with digital tech - your ideas and input would be invaluable!
  • We also have a limited number of places for external researchers and University of Birmingham Professional Services. Please sign up early using the correct ticket type to avoid disappointment.

Please email organizer Dr Caroline Gillett if you have questions about this event session: c.d.t.gillett@bham.ac.uk

We ask that attendees sign up individually so that we can capture accurate information on dietary requirements etc. Therefore please encourage colleagues wanting to attend to sign up for themselves.


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PER Team - Environmental Statement

In accordance with the University of Birmingham sustainability policies, The Public Engagement with Research (PER) Team want to minimise our impact on the environment and better integrate environmental values and sustainability into our work. For example, last year (April 2018 – April 2019) non-attendance without cancellation at our events resulted in over £1,500 of food waste. Therefore we ask that you work with us to help minimise waste and environmental impact by:
  • Letting us know if you need to cancel attendance, where possible at least 48hrs in advance, so that we may amend catering orders
  • Being mindful whilst at events to return rented glassware and crockery, appropriately dispose of compostable or recyclable items and only filling your plate as full as your appetite
We hope that small steps like this will enable us to continue to offer a high level of service to all whilst being kinder to the planet.
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