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Great amounts of time and money are invested in doing original research studies in the arts, humanities and social sciences, but at the end of the process, projects still often produce academic journal articles for a small elite audience, accompanied perhaps by an information website and a specialist conference.

A growing number of researchers are recognising that this may be a disappointing end for their original work. The ‘impact’ agenda, supported by the government and research councils, is also raising awareness that researchers should be becoming more adventurous with their dissemination activities and public engagement.

In order to engage and inform the interested public and relevant organizations about their research, some researchers are making use of online videos and blogs, innovative workshops and performances, and other accessible materials.

Public Engagement for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Researchers will be a symposium featuring:

  • Inspiring examples of work that has exchanged research findings and ideas with interested parties in non-traditional ways, especially those using Web 2.0 and digital
  • Informed discussion about how to take advantage of the potential of the internet for
    research dissemination and dialogue;
  • First-hand stories from practitioners about what worked – and what didn’t.

Event schedule (TBC):

10.00-10.10 - Intro/Welcome
10.10-10.30 - Examples and why they represent good practice
10.30-11.05 - Alice Bell, Imperial College + museum representative
11.05-11.40 - Vanessa Toulmin, University of Sheffield
11.40-12.05 - Tea, coffee and biscuits
12.05-12.35 - David Wortley, Serious Games Institute, University of Coventry
12.35-01.05 - Farida Vis, University of Loughborough
01.05-01.20 - Closing discussion

Updated information can be found here.