The Interact Symposium 2019

Interact is a community-driven symposium that focuses on the developing and evaluating high quality approaches to public engagement, sharing engagement experiences, and fostering a community of UK STEM engagement practice.

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Interact 2019

An Engagement Symposium for the Physical and Life Science and all users of our National Laboratories and facilities.

Following the huge success of Interact 2017, the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and partners are pleased to announce this landmark symposium will be returning on Wednesday 4 September 2019 at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston, Lancashire.

This event, which spans the physical and life sciences, offers something for everyone with an interest in improving their public engagement capabilities. It will provide a fantastic opportunity to learn new ways to engage with your audience, explore the barriers to engagement and discuss how the engagement landscape is changing. But above all, it will be a chance to share your experiences with like-minded people in a fun and friendly environment.

The STFC, IOP, SEPnet, RSC, RAS Ogden Trust and UCLAN are partnering together to develop an inspiring, challenging and refreshing programme on the following key themes:

  • Evaluation & Impact and REF2021
  • Reaching under-served audiences
  • Schools outreach
  • Sharing best and worst practice in a safe place

The detailed content of the day will be co-created and you will be able to vote on proposals by fellow delegates, so get your thinking caps on!

UCLAN is a fantastic location with state-of-the-art facilities, including a fully-functioning laboratory for experimental demonstrations and activities, and a completely kitted-out performing arts facility including a dance stage.

Full registration details and more information will follow in early 2019.

To see what happened at Interact 2017, please view the full article on the South East Physics Network website.

Interact 2019 documents

Code of Conduct (64 KB)Equality Diversity Inclusion (52 KB)UCLan hotel and travel info (88 KB)

Interact 2017: Evaluation Report

Interact 2017 took place at the University of Birmingham, and was attended by over 150 delegates. This evaluation report, prepared by the organising committee, provides delegate feedback and gives an overview of the processes involved in organising the event.

Download PDF (2196 KB)

If you missed the day and would like to get a feel check out the video below from the Institute of Physics which features SEPnet’s Director of Outreach and Public Engagement, Dr Dominic Galliano.

Interact 2017 Evaluation Report cover

Birmingham symposium spreads best practice in science outreach
(Credit: IoP)

Last updated: 19 February 2019

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