Public Engagement

Regular events

The following events provide regular access to opportunities (either on an annual, monthly or weekly basis), for researchers to undertake some engagement and / or to meet other like-minded individuals.

  • Science Cafe

    Bath Science Cafe

    The Science CafĂ© is a chance to informally explore the latest ideas in science and technology and to debate the issues. Talks take place in The Raven pub in Queen Street, central Bath, on the second Monday of every month, 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The audience is an eclectic mix - some lay but interested, others more expert.

    If you would like to give a talk, please contact Professor Rod Scott.

  • Images of Research

    Images of research

    This annual competition provides researchers from postgraduate level up the opportunity to promote and explain their research using just an image and short (150 word) description. Entries are turned into A1 posters that are then displayed as at various events both on- and off-campus. Prizes are awarded for best image, best description, and best overall entry, and the public vote for their favourite.

  • In 2016, we received 50 entries from across 14 departments. A number of participants have gone on to write articles based on their entries for The Conversation and have presented their posters to delegates from international partner universities.

  • Have a look at the entries from this and past years at the Images of Research webpages. The competition runs during semester 2 each year.

  • Minerva Series Lectures 

    The Minerva Series Lectures is a series of free, open lectures that take place on the main University campus during the academic semester, drawing a broad audience from across the local community.

    The lectures run on a Wednesday from 5.15pm to 6.30pm and include time for questions and answers. If you'd like to deliver a lecture, please contact Hilary Brummitt.

    In addition, the University hosts a wide range of public lectures featuring leading names from the worlds of science, humanities and engineering. Podcasts of many of these lectures are available and downloaded around 250,000 times a year by people in 50 countries.

  • Science Showoff

  • Science Showoff is a chaotic cabaret night for science fans, scientists, artists, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science. It's been running for four years in London, Bristol and all over the UK, and has won awards while raising over £50,000 for charity.

  • Science Showoff runs 3 - 4 times a year on-campus at The Edge. They're always on the lookout for performers from any discipline. If you're interested or would like to find out more, please contact Helen Fripp (Marketing & Audience Development Manager).

  • Bath Taps into Science


    Bath Taps into Science is an award-winning festival that takes place each year in March. It focuses on exciting and enthusing young children and families with science and engineering.

    Bath Taps consists of three elements - a family lecture on-campus; a schools events on-campus, consisting of a wide variety of science exhibits, for key stage 2 and 3 pupils; and research exhibits and activities in town for families.

  • In 2016, over 300 people of all ages attended the family lecture, over 1200 students attended the schools fair and over 2000 people visited the family science day in Victoria Park in the centre of Bath.

  • If you'd like to find out more about Bath Taps or to get involved, please contact Andrew Ross in the University's Widening Participation Office

  • BRLSI Saturday STEM Workshops

  • Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution organise monthly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) workshops for children from ages 8 - 13 as a means to inspire and excite children about science,

    The workshops are organised on the 2nd Saturday of each month and run from 1 - 4pm, covering a variety of subjects. There are opportunities for postgraduates and researchers to help with the running of workshops, as well as devising activities for use during workshops. Volunteers usually offer to help 3 or 4 times a year. No previous experience is required and mentoring in provided.

    If this is of interest, please contact the organiser, Paul Thomas.

  • Festival of Social Science

    Every year the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) runs a Festival of Social Science, awarding grants and providing information and tips to researchers who wish to organise local events as part of the wider Festival.

    In 2016, the Festival will run 5 - 12 November. Applications for activities for the 2017 Festival will open early next year where researchers will be able to apply for up to £1000 each.

    Please email for additional information.

  • Pint of Science Festival

    Pint of science

    The Pint of Science Festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research (including the social sciences) in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub!

  • The Festival runs for 3 nights every May. In 2016, 24 researchers from across 14 academic departments entertained over 500 people in pubs around the city.

  • If you would like to offer a talk for the 2017 Festival, please contact Ed Stevens (Public Engagement Officer).

  • The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement's Engage Conference

    The Engage conference, which happens in Bristol in either November or December each year, sees some 300+ delegates from across the higher education and community sectors, coming together to attend workshops and presentations over two days along a particular public engagement theme. It provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your own public engagement with research activities and to learn from others.

    Keep an eye on the NCCPE's website for details of Engage 2016.