Following the success of our 2021 event where we explored engagement in times of change and crisis, we now look ahead at 2022 and beyond. As scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians, and activists continue to discover crucial and creative ways to engage with society, what are the immediate changes we can expect? 

This year’s theme Engagement Forward is all about sharing ways of engaging with the public in the very now, with the aim to demonstrate how participatory research can make a positive impact for our collective futures.

Engagement Day 2022 will take place as an in-person event on Wednesday 27 April 2022.

The Engagement Day 2022 Programme will involve panel discussions, lightning talks and ‘deep dives’, giving you the opportunity to explore participatory research case studies in more detail. 

The conference is open to all staff but with a limited number of places for PhD students. If you have any queries, please contact the team at

Please be aware of the COVID-19 guidance in place at Imperial.



Wednesday 27 April 2022 

Refreshments (SAF Foyer)



Welcome (G16)

Prof Maggie Dallman


Having joined Imperial in 1994 as a lecturer in the Department of Biology, Maggie is now the academic lead on the College’s International Relations and Societal Engagement Strategies. She leads Imperial’s outreach strategy, helping extend opportunities in STEM education and research, and heads Imperial’s work with the community in White City.

Keynote (G16)

Emily Morrison

10.00 - 11.00

Emily Morrison, Head of the Institute for Community Studies, powered by the Young Foundation: Emily joined the Institute from the British Council where she developed the global research portfolio, spanning internationally comparative research into youth voice and policy, education, civil society, and culture. Emily has previously held professional and academic positions at University College London and King’s College London. She began working in research as a creative practitioner researcher with NGOs in the UK and overseas.

Break (SAF Foyer)



In conversation with... the Co-Production Collective (G16)

Discussing the role of power in participatory research.


Lizzie Cain, Co-production and Learning Manager, Co-Production Collective: Lizzie is part of the team behind Co-Production Collective, a co-production community based at UCL which has been co-created from scratch since 2017. The Collective exists to bring people with all kinds of lived, living and learnt experience together to learn, connect and champion co- production. Lizzie’s background is in social policy and the charity sector, and her work with Co-Production Collective involves a bit of everything, with a particular focus on supporting co-production projects across research, policy, services and communities.

Vita Moltedo, Maternity Voices Matter: Vita is part of Maternity Voices Matter (funded by Co- Production Collective in 2019/20) and active in ARC South London. Vita is passionate about involving members of the public in research, people with lived experiences, people of all backgrounds, and people who are the protagonists of healthcare and healthcare research but who are so often kept mute by the systems that are in place and our society.

Emily Morrison, Head of the Institute for Community Studies, powered by the Young Foundation

Lunch (SAF Foyer)


Enjoy sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee, and chat to colleagues from across the College.

Deep-dive discussions (G16, Room 119, Room 121)


A choice of three followed by a Q&A

  • Breathing together: a collaborative journey in engaging with children under five - Ellen Dowell and Vicky Cave
  • Exploring the depths of peer research: building relationships, challenging power dynamics and the role of effective training - Vas Papageorgiou, Jane Bruton, Wezi Thamm and Halle Johnson
  • Co-designing technology with young people - Joanne Thomas, Stephanie Mellor

Ellen Dowell, Public Engagement Officer, National Heart & Lung Institute, Faculty of Medicine: Ellen is a creative producer of science engagement, curator and interdisciplinary facilitator. She works part-time for Imperial College London developing creative science engagement projects for the National Heart & Lung Institute (NHLI). Ellen also facilitates the Breathing Together engagement programme in collaboration with OKIDO.

Vicky Cave, Early Years Play Consultant: Vicky is passionate about creating spaces for children and their families to play and learn together, where they can find out new things about the world around them and about each other. She works to create different ways for more people to become involved in creative experiences, developing ways in which people can help to create new spaces and experience creative activities.

Vas Papageorgiou, Research Postgraduate, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health: Vas is a PhD student who has utilised participatory approaches by involving people living with HIV as co- researchers in a qualitative project exploring experiences during COVID-19. Vas is passionate about involving people with lived experience in all areas of the research cycle and designing training for co-researchers that is both informative and engaging.

Jane Bruton, Clinical Research Manager, Patient Experience Research Centre: Jane is one of the qualitative researchers in the Patient Experi- ence Research Centre (PERC) team. She is a nurse by background with extensive clinical experience in HIV and sexual health. She has experience in developing partnership-work- ing with people living with HIV in the development of treatments and services and has used that experience to inform the development of participatory methods of research.

Wezi Thamm, Doctoral Researcher, Newcastle University: Wezi has a background in teaching and psychology. She has been an HIV activist in community work, prevention, treatment, care, advocacy, and training for many years, and is a longstanding member of the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW Global) and a former European Representative of the network.

Halle Johnson, Public Involvement Practitioner, Patient Experience Research Centre: Halle is a Public Involvement Officer at the PERC and provides public involvement advice and support to the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre. Halle has previously worked in public involvement within both the charity and research sectors. She has experience in engaging and involving members of the public in health research, particularly individuals affected by advanced illness.

Joanne Thomas, Public Engagement Coordinator, Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, UCL: Joanne is the Public Engagement Coordinator at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, UCL. Supporting over 120 researchers and clinicians, Joanne’s focus is to develop and deliver meaningful engagement practice. With a strong background in communicating science in accessible ways, she specialises in providing support and building agency within the researchers and patients groups that she works with.

Stephanie Mellor: Stephanie is a researcher studying for a PhD at UCL, using a novel brain imaging technique called OP-MEG to record epileptiform activity. She has a background in physics, for which she received an MSci degree from Imperial College in 2017. During her PhD, she's worked on public engagement projects to better inform the clinical translation of OP-MEG, and in 2021 received the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging's Rising Star in Public Engagement award.

Break (SAF Foyer)



Lightning talks (G16)


Four short presentations followed by a Q&A

  • Well home study - Diana Varaden
  • Synch.Live - Madalina-Ioana Sas
  • Relationship + Engagement = Impact - Shaaron Leverment
  • SustainAbleYou - Dr Poppy Lakeman Fraser

Dr Diana Varaden, Research Associate, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health: Diana is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Environmental Research Group with multidisciplinary skills in the fields of air pollution and social science. She is interested in interdisciplinary work bridging natural science, social and health disciplines and in identifying the benefits of involving lay individuals in the research process.

Madalina-Ioana Sas, Research Postgraduate, Department of Computing, Faculty of Engineering: Madalina is a PhD student in the Complexity & Network centre, with a background as a computer engineer. Her research interests revolve around emergent phenomena with collective and self-organised behaviour, and use methods as varied as information theory, network science, signal processing, simulation, and modelling.

Shaaron Leverment, Chief Executive, Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC): Shaaron has over 20 years’ experience working in science engagement and education. She stands for the value of science centres and museums for social good, as community assets that are accessible and relevant for a more diverse public to the achievements of other minority leaders in these fields.

Dr Poppy Lakeman Fraser, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London: Poppy is a Global Change Ecologist, Citizen Science Manager and National Geographic Explorer based in the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. She is a creative, science professional with a passion for the natural world and a drive to support young people to access it, record it and act for their local environment.

Closing remarks (G16)