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Public Engagement in Life Sciences blog Public Engagement in Life Sciences
17 December 2014

As part of the programme of events leading up to the Life Sciences Initiative, Queen Mary held our first Life Sciences conference on a range of issues around the subject. Dan was present at the public engagement session and here he discusses the themes raised.

A Kind of Magic: The Effect of Engagement on Research, Researchers, and the Public blog A Kind of Magic: The Effect of Engagement on Research, Researchers, and the Public
12 December 2014

Professor Peter McOwan is Queen Mary's Vice-Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise. This isn't a title in name only - he is dedicated to using public engagement to help maximise the relevance and impact of his research. Here he discusses what public engagement means to him, his research...and to REF outcomes.

Using puppet theatre to engage young families with Genetics blog Using puppet theatre to engage young families with Genetics
9 December 2014

Queen Mary’s Centre of the Cell are a pioneering science education centre, with their creative and inventive ways of teaching science acting as a real lesson in making subjects accessible. Here Rebecca talks about their work with ‘Born in Bradford’, particularly at the two day festival where they travelled, armed with puppets, to explain genetics.

Reflecting on language and professional identity - Engage 2014 blog Reflecting on language and professional identity - Engage 2014
4 December 2014

The team at the Centre for Public Engagement are at Engage 2014 this week, a national conference bringing together a range of people and groups interested and involved in the public engagement agenda. Through discussions and observations Charlotte has made a few of her own in relation to the power of language to include or exclude.

What’s in a name? – Reflections from INVOLVE 2014 blog What’s in a name? – Reflections from INVOLVE 2014
27 November 2014

Interested in patient involvement, Bryony attended the INVOLVE 2014 conference to find out more. However, through the two days she found that differences in terms can lead to confusion.

Art Neuro: The art, and the science, behind collaborative public engagement blog Art Neuro: The art, and the science, behind collaborative public engagement
21 November 2014

In the 2014 large awards, the Centre for Public Engagement funded a project bringing together over 30 artists and scientists to create original artworks themed around Neuroscience. Bryony went to to see their exhibit this month and was struck by the different ways collaborations can work.

The Sound of Discovery blog The Sound of Discovery
10 November 2014

In our latest large awards round the CPE funded a concert promising to bring contemporary classical music to new audiences in an immersive night of music and theatre. Intrigued, Dan went along to witness 'The Sound of Discovery'.

An international perspective on Engagement blog An international perspective on Engagement
31 October 2014

In October Charlotte went to a European Physical Society Forum to lead conversations around the support needed by those engaging non-specialists in the subject. However she came away with more questions than answers.

Observing attitudes to public engagement at aboutflow blog Observing attitudes to public engagement at aboutflow
15 October 2014

In September Dan facilitated public engagement training for fifteen PhD students. In our first blog post he discusses the attitudes he witnessed and how they changed over the week.

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