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Public Engagement Awards 2018

The following have been shortlisted for a Public Engagement Award. The awards are given out in four categories:

  • Influence
  • Interact
  • Inspire
  • Involve



Animating east London's immigrant history - Nadia Valman, School of English and Drama RHS

Free, innovative activities designed to engage new audiences with east London’s long history of immigrant culture -- including a smartphone app, a series of walking tours, schools workshops and a historical re-enactment, involving creative collaborations with two museums and three local secondary schools.


CHIAROSCURO – from War Crime Trials to Clinical Trials - David Collier, William Harvey Research Institute RHS

To commemorate the emergence of the nuremberg code, David Collier brought together doctors and patients of the William Harvey clinical research centre along with actors, film makers, legal experts to examine its significance for present-day clinical trials.


Countdown to annihilation: genocide in Myanmar - Thomas MacManus, School of Law RHS

Since the publication of the report, Countdown to annihilation: genocide in Myanmar - the only in-depth academic study of the persecution of the rohingya - and corresponding public engagement activities, the word ‘genocide’ is now used by many to define the situation.


In Control - Gioia Mosler, Blizard Institute RHS

Produced in collaboration with GLYPT (Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre), ‘In Control’ is an interactive theatre aiming to improve peer awareness towards asthma in schools.


The Inspiration Machine - Anna Kemp, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film and Sylvia Bishop RHS

Where does inspiration come from? 'The Inspiration Machine' was a one-day creative-writing workshop held at the V&A Museum of Childhood. The workshop introduced participants to the history and theory of constrained writing, including the zany experimental writing collective the oulipo.


Kıyma Canına - Ozlem Eylem, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine RHS 

Stigmas around suicide in turkish-speaking communities prevent many from accessing psychological services. kıyma canına “don’t crush your life energy” is an online self-help programme for managing suicidal thoughts among the Turkish-speaking communities in the uk and the netherlands.


Rodent Activity Transmission Systems - Chris Faulkes, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and Julie Freeman, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science RHS

Rodent activity transmission systems ( is experimental art project using real-time data transmission bringing the lives of a colony of naked mole rats and accompanying science to the public. The activity includes audio-visual artwork, a data visualisation, and an installation of real-time data-driven kinetic sculptures.


SSFX Short Film Festival - Martin Archer, School of Physics and Astronomy RHS


SSFX challenged independent filmmakers to incorporate sounds from space, studied by Queen Mary physicists, into creative short films. A special film festival attended by a majority non-science audience screened selected films, heard from the filmmakers and discussed the research. The films are now being shown across the UK.

Syria: story of a conflict - Christopher Phillips, School of Politics RHS

Christopher Phillips co-curated a 'Syria: story of a conflict', one of two exhibitions as part of IWM's 'Syria: a conflict explored' season. the exhibition at IWM London reached 138,000 visitors, and moves to IWM North in Manchester in February 2018.


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