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Public Engagement

Public Engagement Fellowships – 2015

The call for applications to the 2015 scheme has now closed.

Large Awards - 2014

The Stage 2 closing date for the Public Engagement Large Awards 2014 scheme has now passed. The Large Awards Panel will meet in Birmingham on Monday 13th April to consider the applications and hear presentations from the applicants.

Public Engagement Small Awards Scheme

The 2014B round of the Public Engagement Small Awards has now been completed. The call for the 2015A round opens on Tuesday 17th February.

STFC PE Strategic Plan

Public Engagement Strategic Plan The STFC PE Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 has been developed.

Review of Public Engagement (PE) work

In 2013 Council commissioned a review of STFC’s public engagement (PE) work. The review was conducted by an independent external panel and focussed principally on the formal PE Programme. The findings and recommendations including the methodology used and terms of reference are provided in the report for information.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council operates world-class, large-scale research facilities; supports scientists and engineers world-wide; funds researchers in universities and provides strategic scientific advice to government.

The Council's Public Engagement unit offers a wide range of support for teachers, scientists and communicators to facilitate greater engagement with STFC science which includes astronomy, space science, particle physics and nuclear physics:

For schools

For scientists

Making science accessible and engaging is very important to STFC. Inspiring people of all ages- but most importantly, young people - is key in ensuring there will always be scientists and engineers to continue with the research that is so essential to our everyday life.

It’s not just young people that STFC has a vested interest in, however; the research that is carried out across the UK and around the world is made possible from money that comes from the public. By involving them with the work that is being done with this funding, there is a two-way process that benefits both. This sharing of knowledge results in a boost to the UK economy, through increasing people’s skills and employability.

There are several ways STFC engages with the public; the two most important being through funding and delivery. STFC offers awards, grants and fellowship schemes to people with new and exciting ideas about how to interest people with science of all types, as well as media and communications training programmes to improve the effectiveness of the public engagement people carry out.

STFC also has its own dedicated public engagement team, who are constantly organising opportunities for people of all ages to get involved either at STFC sites or at other places, such as schools and museums.

Public Engagement: strategy and policy documents

Aims and objectives

STFC's Public Engagement Programme's strategy, objectives and how it supports scientists, science communicators, teachers and the media.

Reports and research

Reports and research relating to STFC’s Public Engagement educational and public engagement initiatives.


4 images of Public Engagement
Daytime stargazing at Jodrell
Daytime stargazing at Jodrell
Credit: STFC
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Focus group for We Are Astronomers show
Focus group for We Are Astronomers show
Credit: STFC
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Big Bang Crystallography Stand 2013
Big Bang Crystallography Stand 2013
Credit: STFC
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Astronaut on moon
Astronaut on moon
Credit: NASA
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