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Public Engagement Network: Annual Conference

Wednesday 14 November, 9.30am - 3.00pm

Wolfson Research Exchange, The Library (3rd Floor)

Join your peers from the PE Network for our annual conference exploring all things engagement. This one day conference will be exploring how public engagement fits into the new university strategy, how we can better work with community stakeholders, and shed insight on what it’s like for communities, individuals and organisations wanting to work with us. Find out what the Public Engagement Team has been up to, share your own highs and lows from 2017/18 and come away feel invigorated and inspired about your public engagement work.

Please note you don't have to be a member of the network to come along, but if it inpsires you to join then you can sign up here.

What to expect (draft agenda, subject to alterations)

9:30am - Registration

We'll have teas and coffees available, you can grab a brew and chat to us, your colleagues, or someone completely new about your latest public engagement plans.

10am - Welcome

Meet the team, find out what we've been up to and about the exciting plans Warwick has coming up in the next 12 months. Professor Simon Swain (PVC for External Engagement) will introduce the day and answer questions about how engagement features as part of the new University Strategy.

11am - Comfort break

11:15am - Co-produced research in the community

Hosted by Mark Hinton (Community Engagement Development Manager) the following members of staff will join us for a panel discussing how they have worked with community members on co-produced research.

Professor Sophie Staniszewska

Sophie leads the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and Patient Experiences Programme at Warwick Research in Nursing, Warwick Medical School. She has carried out a wide range of studies related to PPI and patient experience and is Co-Editor in Chief of Research Involvement and Engagement.

Dr Haley Beer, Assistant Professor at Warwick Business School

Hayley studies social value measurement, including in relation to Coventry’s upcoming City of Culture. As individuals with different ethnic backgrounds, household incomes, religions, education, and life trajectories experience cultural events in a variety of ways, social value measurement recognizes and works with the inherent diversity, to listen to, involve, and engage relevant communities.

Dr. Goldie Osuri, Associate Professor in Sociology

Goldie has been working on a research project on the relationship between Sovereignty and Human Rights in the context of Indian-administered and occupied Kashmir. One aspect of this project has involved co-producing a research agenda and working with The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, Kashmir.

Sophie Greenway, PhD candidate in the Centre for the History of Medicine

Sophie has worked with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre and currently Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, in each case working out ways of discussing connections between food, health and environment within communities.


12:30pm Lunch (buffet provided) - Drop in time with the British Science Association

1:20pm - Warwick’s approach to engagement

Hear from Jane Furze, Director of Public Engagement for Warwick, about wider plans for the future of engagement across the university and in the local community. Have your say on what the priorities should be moving forward and how your department could contribute.

1:50pm - Public Engagement at Warwick - what's been happening?

Colleagues from across Warwick sharing their public engagement successes and upcoming opportunities you could be involved with.

  1. Tony Carroll – Business Engagement Manager. Tony and his team aim to identify the business relevance of the research of Warwick social scientists. They are looking to create academic collaborations with business across the Social Sciences – including Economics, Politics, Law, Sociology, Philosophy, multi-disciplinary groups and the Business School.
  2. Stephanie Whitehead – City of Culture Open Call - Warwick and Coventry University are together offering up to ten £2,000 awards to projects bringing together academics from both institutions with cultural organisations and/or arts practitioners or creative industries in Coventry to develop research and public engagement activities with impact which invite the general public to participate and respond.
  3. Corinne Hanlon – Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB). Corinne has invested her public engagement and outreach budget to focus on creating a high quality interactive experience that explores CRISPR and its applications. So far they’ve toured the installation at several big events and engaged thousands with the research – including stands at New Scientist Live and Cheltenham Science Festival.
  4. Andy Roadnight – Warwick International Strategy and Relations Team. Take your public engagement worldwide with the help of the ISR team. Discover new partnerships and potential venues you can be tapping into in Europe.
  5. Helen May – Community Engagement Team. Helen works in the Community Engagement Team – sister to the Public Engagement Team and also led by Jane Furze. Discover what the team gets up to and what opportunities there are to connect you to the local community.
  6. Federico Botta – Databeers. Databeers Warwick aims to bring together data experts from industry and academia at a level accessible to a wide audience in the West Midlands. Federico shares how he’s launched the Warwick branch of this event and how he gets new audiences to engage with the event.

3pm - Close


British Science Festival Drop In Support Sessions

The British Science Association are visiting Warwick on the 14th to provide support for applications to the British Science Festival. They will be running a clinic on a drop in basis over lunch. They will also be available 4:30-5:30pm. Details of how to apply for the festival here.


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