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Public engagement useful links

The links below provide a host of useful information and resources for getting involved in public engagement and science communication activities.

Practical guides and background information

  • BIG STEM Communicators Network – A skills sharing network for individuals involved in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
  • British Science Association – The UK organisation that provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, discuss and challenge the sciences and their implications.
  • Collective Memory – Run by the British Science Association, this website provides a database of what works in public engagement.
  • National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement – They aim to help universities and their researchers engage with the public.  Their website contains lots of useful information, toolkits and guides.
  • Research Councils UK – Information on their public engagement strategy.
  • Sharing Expertise – Toolkit from the Science Museum on how to run events.

How to find out what’s going on

  • BIG chat – Discussion list for the BIG STEM Communicators Network.
  • PSCI-COM – A free science communication email discussion list.

Training opportunities

  • National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Ambassador scheme supports researchers to develop their public engagement skills.
  • British Science Association Media Fellowships allow practising researchers to spend time working in a national media outlet.
  • Many funding bodies now run their own in house public engagement training schemes for researchers they fund.  These include the Royal Society and the BBSRC.  A full list can be found on the Research Councils UK website.
  • Royal Society Pairing Scheme pairs a practising researcher with a Parliamentarian or Civil Servant to get an insight into how Government operates.
  • Become a STEM Ambassador with STEMNET. They provide training and volunteering opportunities to encourage young people to enjoy science.
  • Voice of Young Science Standing Up for Science media workshops to encourage early-career researchers to contribute to public debates about science.

Opportunities to get involved