Focus on the Positive
The world is full of problems, but it’s also full of brilliant people like you, chipping away at those problems using their ideas and expertise. There isn’t just one simple way to make the world better, but lots of different ways to address a problem. At Focus on the Positive, the audience will get to choose a project they think will make a real difference to receive some real money to get it off the ground.
Are you a researcher in the School of the Built Environment, Engineering and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (BEAMS)? Do you have ideas on how to start solving one of the problems facing us today? Are you interested in considering and presenting your research in new ways? Could your research spark a new project, a piece of advocacy, or work with a charity? Most importantly, would £2,000 help you to get this off the ground?
Focus on the positive is a series of evening events, which started in October 2012 and will run through the 2012/13 academic year. In front of a live audience, each speaker will spend five minutes describing a problem with the world, and how they want to fix it. You can propose all sorts of solutions: perhaps a donation to a charity or a small research project, a piece of advocacy – or something completely different.
event is hosted by a professional comedian, and several researchers will put
forward their ideas. The audience then has a chance to mingle and debate
the issues before voting on what they’d like to support right there on
the spot. The winning researcher gets more than double what we take on
the door to spend on the idea that they’ve proposed: £2,000. A runner-up
will also receive £1,000 to take their project forward.
Why take part?
there’s the chance to win the money, but it’s also a great opportunity
to improve your communication skills, make links with other people at
UCL, and think about your research in a different way. You’ll get
bespoke communications training and even if the audience doesn’t choose
your project, the UCL Public Engagement Unit will help you with ways you
could take it forward.
Who can take part?
If you’re a graduate student or member of staff from any of these faculties, you’re eligible to take part:
- Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
- UCL Engineering
- Mathematical and Physical Sciences or an Institute or Centre associated to these faculties
- Are you eligible?
If you’re not sure if you are eligible, contact the Public Engagement Unit: email@example.com
We are currently looking for speakers for our upcoming events. If you would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a few sentences about your ideas and your telephone number.
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