When the Government invests in research, it is with the understanding that excellent research contributes to the economy, culture and social well-being of our society and that it makes a difference.
On an annual basis we typically engage with:
As we are in receipt of public funding we are publicly accountable. There is also a need for skilled people for UK economy and research, a need to articulate the economic, social or cultural impacts of our research, a need to foster openness and dialogue and for our laboratories to engage with the local community.
Our Goals are to engage the public for increased visibility, public accountability, scientific literacy and to inspire young people.
We aim to do this by:
We work with a wide range of strategic partners to develop and maximise the impact of our PE programme including professional associations such as the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres, Institute of Physics, The Institute of Engineering and Technology, Royal Astronomical Society the Royal Society and others such as the UK Space agency. We also are developing links with other organisations and where we can engage with new audiences and other groups.
All of our Public Engagement activity is evaluated. Our Public Engagement grant holders and fellows provide reports and the RCUK Practical Guidelines to Evaluation provides useful guidance Our own public engagement events are all evaluated including numbers reached.