UCL Neuroscience is committed to engaging and involving the public and patient groups with our science. Our neuroscientists take part in a wide variety of engagement activities, including delivering public lectures, hosting patient open days, collaborating in innovative art-science projects, visiting schools and specialist groups, plus many more.
UCL neuroscientists, UCL staff/students and members of the public:
- Do you have a great idea for a neuroscience public engagement project?
- Would you like to collaborate on a project with a UCL neuroscientist?
- Do you need help writing a public engagement grant or advice planning an event?
- Do you need media/communications/public engagement training or advice?
- Do you want to publicise your research?
you answered 'yes' to any of these questions please contact the UCL
Public Engagement unit.
- What is public engagement?
- Why is it important?
- How do I get involved?
- How can I fund my project?
- How do I involve patients in my research?
The websites listed below can help answer these questions and many more, and offer invaluable advice aimed specifically at university researchers interested in taking part in public engagement activities.
UCL Public Engagement Unit
Includes Toolkits for Engagement (practical advice about choosing the right type of activity for your audience, planning and evaluating your event etc)
National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement
Funded by the four UK Funding Councils, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust the NCCPE helps inspire and support universities to engage with the public.
RCUK Public Engagement with Research
Includes the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research - a statement of expectations and responsibilities of research funders in the UK regarding public engagement
Support with PPI for researchers
The BRC supports researchers with patient and public involvement (PPI) and has a dedicated PPI manager. Support includes:
- Training - They run workshops on PPI, including introductory sessions and sessions on setting up a patient group. We also run introductory sessions for patients and the public. Information about training workshops can be found on the Joint Research Office website.
- Bursaries - They have a PPI bursary fund to help researchers carry out PPI. For more information go to the BRC news pages.
- Advice – Researchers can ask for advice by contacting the PPI manager Dr Rosamund Yu on Rosamund.email@example.com or by writing to our helpdesk firstname.lastname@example.org
British Science Association
The Royal Society
The Science Media Centre
Royal Society Partnership Grants
Up to £3,000 for science projects run at a primary or secondary school or college in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer
Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Awards
- Arts Award - Up to £30k for innovative art projects that investigate biomedical sciences. Offered four times a year
- People and Society Award - People Awards and Society Awards are two related schemes supporting projects that encourage the public to explore biomedical science, its impact on society and culture, its historical roots or the ethical questions that it raises.
- Science Media Studentships - Studentships for practising biomedical scientists to undertake a postgraduate qualification in Science Media Production at Imperial College London and to follow this with a six-month placement working in the broadcast industry
UCL Public Engagement Funding
The Public Engagement Unit helps UCL staff and research students find funding from external organisations for projects that will make groups outside the University more involved in UCL research and teaching.
They also run three funding streams to promote innovation in public engagement activity across UCL, and to support UCL staff and students to share their research outside of the university environment.
- Step Out funding of up to £750 is available to UCL students. The fund is constantly open to applications.
- Beacon Bursaries are normally available three times a year, and provide up to £2000 per project. The next deadline is Monday 31 March 2014.
- Train and Engage provides training and grants of up to £1000 for postgraduate students across UCL. The training aims to help students develop their ideas for activities that open up their research and practice to involve people beyond the context of the university. Grants are available to students' to turn their ideas into practice.
Science Showoff is a new idea from some of the people who brought you Bright Club, The Geek Calendar and more. It’s an open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science.
The search is on for the new voices of science communication. Over
the autumn FameLab UK heats will be taking place across the country from
Aberdeen to London, Cardiff to Cambridge. New for this year, and with
help from the Royal Academy of Engineering, FameLab UK has also been
able to produce two engineering specific heats to encourage more
engineers to enter the competition and develop their skills.
currently working in science. technology, engineering or maths, and
think you can explain a science or engineering concept in an engaging
way to non-scientists in just three minutes, FameLab wants to hear from
The winner of the heats will get the chance to take part in a weekend MasterClass with experts in media & communication skills, before vying for the title of FameLab UK champion at the National Final in April 2013 where they will have the chance to take home £1,750 to further their career
Take part in a Science Cafe
Cosy Science are organising a series of science cafés with an aim of providing people with a chance to meet prominent scientists, be inspired by their research and discuss the most interesting aspects of science in an open way. They are looking for enthusiastic scientists, who are ready try out themselves presenting to a non-scientist audience without any visual aid and be challenged by the public during an open discussion.
Proteintech Blog Competition
Proteintech have launched a competition to find young research
scientists who have a flair for scientific writing. If you want to have
your work published on their blog, and win a £25 Amazon gift voucher in
the process, then make sure you take part! As well as the voucher prize,
winning the competition would look great on your CV to potential
This is an ongoing competition with no closing date
ScientificKitty are looking for scientists to write film, TV or book
review, with a scientific slant. You choose the film/TV program/book,
old or new, you can write as much or as little as you want, and in any
style,but most importantly they want you to comment on the science.
Whether you want to write regularly, or just contribute a one off review please get in touch at ScientificKitty@gmail.com or on Twitter @ScientificKitty.
This is an ongoing project with no closing date
Become a STEM Ambassador.
STEM Ambassadors are people from Science, Technology, Engineering and
Maths (STEM) backgrounds who volunteer as inspiring role models for
They can contribute both to regular lessons or participate in extra-curricular activities such as STEM Clubs, Careers Days and visits
PSCI-COM list at JISCMAIL
An email discussion forum for all topics relating to public communication of science and public engagement with science. In addition, details of event