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 and develop their skill and expertise in public engagement.
Programme of events
The FUTURES team of public engagement professionals from across the consortium have been working with researchers and partner organisations such as museums, libraries, sports centres and cultural venues to develop engagement activities. Since 2018 the team have been pushing the boundaries of programming for public engagement with research, producing a range of experimental and innovative activity formats online and in-person. These have included participatory workshops, hands-on experiments, theatre performance, community radio, science shows, games, quizzes, talks, competitions, and exhibitions.
45,000 people have participated in FUTURES activities meeting 750 researchers since 2018 and have explored diverse research topics including medieval manuscripts, artificial intelligence, microplastics, climate change, and microbial resistance.
These engagement activities have been opportunities for researchers to develop their and expertise in engaging public groups with their research and public engagement skills.
Training programme for researchers
Working with researchers we created a programme of training and professional development opportunities to build their skills and expertise in 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