Engagement day

The College's first Engagement Day will be hosted by Professor Maggie Dallman, Vice President (International), Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships). The day will create a space for networking and dialogue around engagement and best practice as well as highlight some of the inspiring activities that are going on both at Imperial and externally.

Date: Wednesday 20 June 2018, 11.45 – 17.00

Venue: Lecture Theatre G34, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus

Clare Matterson, Director of Engagement at The Natural History Museum will start the day as our keynote speaker offering the opportunity for Q&A.

A networking lunch will be provided followed by a fast paced pecha kucha presentation session of engagement projects and then the option to join one of four varied breakout workshops.

We will conclude with a panel discussion that will address public engagement as research impact led by Paul Manners, Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), and will include Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) at Imperial, Dr Steven Hill, Director of Research Policy at Research England, and Professor Maggie Dallman, Imperial's academic lead for Societal Engagement.

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Clare Matterson, Director of Engagement at the Natural History Museum 

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha is a faced paced presentation style where each presenter has 20 slides, each appearing for 20 seconds that move automatically. Four engagement projects will be presented by:

  • Dr Nathan Green, School of Public Health 
  • Anna Lawrence-Jones and Dr Kirsten Dalrymple, Department of Surgery and Cancer 
  • Dr Roberto Trotta, Department of Physics
  • Dr Sunday Popo Ola, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Breakout workshops (Please select one)

Finding the Language for Science Communication

Dr Stephen Webster, Director, Science Communications Unit

When we talk about science, how should we talk? And how do our pre-conceptions of science shape the way we bring it into public view? This workshop will use insights from philosophy, and a number of practical exercises, to provoke discussion on the biases inherent to all science communication.

Outreach - Working with Schools

Dr Annalisa Alexander, Head of Outreach

This workshop will look at how the central outreach team works with schools and how to best take advantage of the in-house expertise around targeting, recruitment and impact measurement that are available. With an increasing number of research proposals focusing on engagement with under 18s, this workshop will help you to shape your thinking and target key schools quickly and easily.

Engaging Public Policy Makers

Alyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and Translation, Grantham Institute

This workshop will introduce you to Policy and Public Affairs engagement as a way to influence public discourse. You will hear examples of Grantham Institute work on climate change and environmental policy issues, and from external speakers about their top tips for engagement. Expect an interactive session to build your skills and develop relationships with people who can support your work.

Science Capital - A Quick Introduction

Dr Amy Seakins, Engagement Coordinator (Evaluation and Impact)

Science capital can help us to understand why some young people see science as ‘for them’, whilst others do not. We can use it as a lens to reflect on our own activities and events, to better understand who we are engaging, who we struggle to reach and why. Come along to this workshop to find out more about the concept of science capital and where it came from, and to explore how it can be applied in practice to help us to create more meaningful engagement with diverse groups.

Panel Session

Public Engagement as Research Impact Panel Session with Q&A

Facilitated by:

  • Paul Manners, Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)

Panel Members:

  • Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) at Imperial

  • Dr Steven Hill, Director of Research Policy at Research England

  • Professor Maggie Dallman, Imperial's academic lead for Societal Engagement




11.45am: Arrival and Registration

12pm: Welcome from Professor Maggie Dallman

12.15pm: Keynote from Clare Matterson, Director of Engagement at the Natural History Museum

1pm: Networking lunch

1.45pm: Pecha Kucha engagement project presentations

2.40pm: Breakout workshops (Chose one of four workshops)

3.30pm: Coffee break

4pm: Public Engagement as Research Impact panel session 

5pm: End