Engagement with the BES

Public engagement describes the many ways that the work of research institutes and universities can be shared with the public. This covers a wide range of activities that connect research institutions with communities, maximising the transfer of knowledge and generating mutual benefit.

What activities do we support?

Our public engagement programme provides opportunities for individuals to get involved with science and talk about the issues that are important to them. By providing opportunities for ecologists and the public to meet, we encourage scientific debate, and help scientists develop the skills needed to successfully communicate with diverse audiences.

Our public engagement programme is delivered through a variety of activities and events, such as:

  • Training: to promote the skills required to effectively engage
  • Events: providing a platform for academics to meet the public
  • Recognition: ensuring that the hard work of participants is recognised

Why should you get involved?

Public engagement is a fantastic way to develop new skills. Researchers have to think creatively about their science, and often take on roles outside of the remit of their day job.

Providing a platform for scientists and the public to meet is an excellent way to break down the barriers between research and society, building mutual trust and understanding. It can provide new viewpoints, stimulate creativity and innovation, and enrich the experience of all participants.

Public engagement is high on the funders’ agendas, there is an expectation that recipients of funding can show how their research impacts society, generating benefit.

Finally – public engagement is fun! Activities are varied, they require creative thinking, provide new and exciting opportunities and encourage interaction between a wider range of individuals.

How to get involved?

Find out more about our:

Upcoming events – including volunteering opportunities

Public Engagement Training programme

Regional funding

BES Science Slam 2017