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Public Engagement Practitioners

Public engagement practitioners engage in activities with unselected members of the public purely so those members of the public can enjoy and understand an academic subject or research outputs. Examples include performing at festivals, giving talks at Cafe Scientifique held in the community, running stalls of activities.

For details of our 2013/2014 meeetings see here:


Martine Barons Maths Busking at Leamington Peace Festival

Martine Barons Maths Busking at Leamington Peace Festival


David Mond and Daniel Owen at Regional Big Bang 2013

David Mond and Daniel Owen at Regional Big Bang 2013




Margaret Low at at Scratch@MIT 2012 conference




Margaret Low and others at the Mozilla Festival 2013

2013/14 meetings:

1. Daniel Owen demonstrated permutation using audience participation.

Nicholas Jackson Eastercon talk on error-correcting codes.

Kevin Moffatt talked about his public engagement activities and there followed a discussion on what makes good public engagement and what common mistakes to avoid.(PDF Document)

2. Big Bang debrief led by Ali Caldicott: we discussed the strengths and weaknesses of this years’ stand, how to plan for next year and reflections how we wished to represent our subjects to the general public.

3. Jo Trowsdale on “Full STEAM ahead with the Imagineerium: A pilot project to explore the value of arts-rich ways in to engineering for young learners (9-10 year olds)” Ways to add more maths were discussed.(PDF Document)

Carla Sarrouy on presenting research on the radio and via Pecha Kucha.

Nicholas Jackson 5-minute MathsJam talk

Also, Margaret Low’s The Sensing Our World workshop 24th June, advertised

4. Ian Hands-Portman a Pecha Kucha on engagement in schools and moving into adult engagement.

Martine Barons on local Café Scientifique opportunities and tips for a successful talk.

Jonathan Menary on involvement in The Coventry Mystery Plays (Postponed)

Plans for next year:

Rachel Edwards on Physics engagement

Jonathan Menary on The Coventry Mystery Plays

Training courses if possible.



‘How do I draw and keep a crowd at a festival?’

‘When I talk to all-comers about a technical subject, how do I make it
accessible without dumbing down to the point of inaccuracy?’

The public engagement practitioners group meets to share good practice and to discuss these and similar questions.

Ask to join the group here.