What we did
FUTURES takes research directly to the people. Researchers have been heading out across five counties of the South West into shopping centres, botanic gardens, museums, cathedrals, naval vessels, and the streets to share their work.
Public programme of events
Using digital activities, hands-on experiments, theatre performance, science shows, games, quizzes, competitions, and exhibitions, FUTURES has been using experimental and innovative formats that push the boundaries of public engagement with research.
Since 2018, 11,000 people have participated in FUTURES activities meeting 490 researchers exploring diverse research topics including medieval manuscripts, artificial intelligence, microplastics, climate change, and microbial resistance.
In 2020 FUTURES will be bigger than ever before working across five participating cities and towns, involving over 300 researchers across 23 events, 17 venues and 2 large-scale online activities.
Training and professional development programme for public engagement with research
Working with researchers we created a programme of training and professional development to build capacity for public engagement with research. This involved:
co-produced and delivered workshops and masterclasses on science comedy, storytelling, science busking, presentation skills and social media with professional trainers
paired researchers with experience cultural programme producers and creative professionals to develop engagement activities