On 2nd and 3rd December, Vicky and Alan headed off to Bristol for ‘Engage 2015’, which is the annual conference of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement. The conference is attended by people from all sorts of areas of work: many working within Universities and Colleges (both doing academic – teaching and research – jobs, and those in roles such as public engagement, outreach, marketing and diversity), but also people from funding councils, charities and social enterprises. The conference was much more interactive and discussion-based than the scientific conferences we normally go to, so was a great opportunity to share ideas and opinions with people from really varied backgrounds.
We presented our poster about how we’ve developed our public engagement approach over the last year with the help of you – our audience! Our main focus was the fact that we had started the blog as a means of reaching out but without really knowing who we wanted to reach. Our Student Panel in particular has been absolutely vital in developing what we do, and we are so grateful to all the Panel members for their honest feedback. We are particularly grateful to Kabilan Parameswaran from the Panel who worked with us to decide what were the key things to go on the poster. Below is the poster we displayed, which has since been brought back and put up on the wall in our patient waiting area. We also showed some of our videos on an iPad alongside the poster, which got people interested!
So here’s to further progress and collaboration with our most valuable assets – YOU!