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Public engagement at King’s seminar series 

Getting crafty: a first foray into public engagement

18 November 2021, 12:30 – 13:15 

Speaker: Victoria Tsang, PhD student, Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

Facilitator: Jess Sells, Patient and Public Engagement Manager, Biomedical Research Centre, GSTT

Victoria was new to public engagement when she signed up to help run ‘Stitch-and-Stem’, an interactive online workshop exploring stem cell research as part of the Royal Society’s 2021 Summer Science digital showcase. Aimed at adults, the workshop invited participants to bring along a cuppa and their sewing kits, and chat to Victoria about her research while embroidering colourful stem cells using templates created from research images.

In this seminar, Victoria shares her reflections on:

  • Getting started and gaining confidence in doing public engagement
  • The benefits of engaging adults through creative and crafty methods
  • The challenges and opportunities of online vs in person workshops

Watch a recoding of this event here.


Introduction to public engagement

 8 & 15 November 2021, 11:00 – 12:30

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How can we engage the public with our research? Who are the public anyway? And why does any of it matter? This course will answer these questions, giving you a set of easy-to-use tools that can shape your future public engagement activities.

Aimed at PGR students and early career researchers with little or no prior experience of public engagement, the course, consisting of two sessions will help you develop skills and an understanding of public engagement with research, as well as help you consider possible public engagement you can carry out with your own research, including through our public engagement small grants scheme (details of which are here).

Dom McDonald has been working to engage different audiences with research, in Learned Societies, universities, museums, the civil service, schools and festivals. He has trained and mentored researchers at every stage of their careers, from early career researchers taking their first steps in public engagement, through to the UK’s top science communicators during the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures between 2017 and 2020. 


Public Engagement at King’s Seminar Series 

Creating knowledge through participatory theatre 

27 October 2021, 12:30 – 13:15

Speakers: River Újhadbor, theatre practitioner and pre-doctoral research fellow, and Dörte Bemme, Lecturer in Society and Mental Health, both Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

Facilitator: Sally Marlow, Engagement and Impact Fellow, IoPPN, and BBC Radio Presenter

In this seminar Dörte and River will reflect on a two-day online workshop that explored the highs and lows of the digital world with people who have experienced digital exclusion. Drawing on a set of theatrical methods called ‘The Theatre of the Oppressed’, the group co-created poetry, movement and soundscapes that brought to life the emotions and challenges of digital participation, as well as visions for change.

The workshop, supported by King’s ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the ground-breaking theatre company Clean Break,  created a space for mutual learning and content for a podcast episode in the series ‘Our Sick Society’

Join this seminar to hear Dörte and River share their thoughts on:

  • taking an innovative participatory theatre approach to public engagement
  • strengthening relationships with stakeholders outside of academia
  • evidencing the impact of engagement
  • the challenges of online inclusive practice
  • what academia can learn from arts-based research

You can listen to River and Dörte’s podcast episode – ‘Digital exclusions: mental health and digital life’ here.

Watch a recording of this event here.


Online engagement training

Thurs 4 Nov, 10:00 – 12:30, online


We might be edging closer towards being able to meet in person again, but there are still benefits to engaging with audiences online. Through this interactive session we will explore how to take your public engagement projects online. Discover how to find and connect with your audience and create an experience that goes beyond the average Teams meeting or Zoom quiz. The session will use a mix of online tools, group discussion and presentation allowing you to explore and experience a range of online engagement.

Objectives – Following the workshop , you should be able to:

  • Know how to get the most of your equipment at home
  • Identify the dominant models of online engagement
  • Have an understanding of different platforms and how to make the most of them
  • Understand how to foster meaningful two-way dialogue online
  • Plan appropriate online evaluation for your engagement
  • Know how to make online events accessible, safe and ethical

Trainer BioJamie Gallagher is an award-winning freelance communicator and engagement professional with ten years’ experience in the delivery and evaluation of quality engagement projects. @jamiebgall


Learnings shared: Public dialogue on innovations in pregnancy​

Thurs 15 July, 10:00 – 11:30, online


Are you interested in running a public dialogue project? This online talk will explore the key findings from a public dialogue that recently took place at King’s around scanning technologies and surgical innovations in pregnancy.

Researchers from the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering (CME) at King’s College London are currently developing a number of technologies that could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that some babies develop while in the womb. These technologies have the potential to improve outcomes but could also impact the experience of families in this situation and lead to a change in the way they are cared for.

For the public dialogue, members of the public were invited to join discussions around the research, to understand their thoughts on these developments to help influence future research and innovations in scanning and surgery during pregnancy in the UK and, ultimately, shape the experience of expectant parents in the future.

Join the project delivery team at this online event where we will:

  • Provide an overview of what a public dialogue is, how it can add value and have impact on research
  • Provide an overview of the whole project from inception to reporting; including planning, recruitment, process design, findings and learning/reflections from those involved  
  • Share key findings from the dialogue discussions and report


How can we engage when we can’t even meet?

Thursday 25 March, 14:00 – 16:00, online


Over the last year many of us have been grappling with how to engage audiences with our research when it’s not possible to meet face-to-face, and it’s been a steep learning curve adapting projects to run in digital spaces.

What have we learnt about the benefits and challenges of moving public engagement projects online? And what are some of the tools and techniques that exist for sparking virtual conversations?

Come along to hear about World Cafés and other online event formats, meet creative professionals who have collaborated with researchers on innovative digital projects, swap tips with other participants and develop ideas for your own online project.


Funding your public engagement activity: approaches and insights

16.2.2020 . 2-3:30pm . Science Gallery London. 

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Are you looking for funding for your public engagement with research? Do you want to increase the impact of your research? This session will develop the skills required to secure funding for public engagement with research. This is geared toward both internal schemes (i.e. PE Small Grants scheme or the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences) as well as those run externally (i.e. Wellcome Trust or UKRI). As well as supporting you to develop your approach we will also explore current and future funding ideas from across the King’s Engaged Researcher Network.

We will hear from a series of guest speakers:
-Rebecca Jones, who previously worked for major funding body Wellcome.
– Panel members with experience of scoring proposal.

It is recommended, but not essential, that attendees come with a public engagement idea or grant proposal they would like to develop.


Engaging schools training

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Step out of the office and go back to school to inspire and engage pupils with your research. King’s Engaged Researcher Network(KERN) and Widening Participation (WP) have teamed up to deliver a workshop to equip King’s staff and students with the knowledge and tools needed to plan and execute a successful school visit.


Podcasting workshop


Wednesday 13th March 2pm – 4pm

The Gordon Museum of Pathology, Percy Roberts Room, Hodgkin Building Guy’s Campus, King’s College London, London, SE1 1UL.

Join us for our first event of 2019 with a radio workshop! It will give you the opportunity to learn the basics of podcasting, and all things audio.


How to use social media to engage with the public

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24th September 2018

KERN will be holding a free workshop on September 24th on how to engage audiences with your research via social media! Speakers for the day include Kirstin Maptsone, a nutritionist working at KCL Department of Twin Research who writes the blog Taste & See, and vintage fashion aficionado Nora Thoeng who is an Instagram pro and runs the blog Nora Finds

Read Dr Karla Lee’s blog from the event here


Introduction to public engagement

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The King’s Engaged Researcher Network (KERN) are hosting an introduction to public engagement event. This is an opportunity to meet other members of the network, learn about support and opportunities available at King’s, and hear about some of the successes our colleagues have had at engagement. Read Jess Sells’s blog about the event here


Running the KERN (brainstorming workshop)

leadershipTuesday 21st March, The Council Room (Strand), 14:00-16:00

Come along to have your say on what the King’s Engaged Researcher Network should do, what it is for, who should run it and how. This will be an informal and enjoyable discussion-based workshop, with refreshments, for anyone with an interest in running (or being involved with) the KERN.  During the workshop we are hoping to identify a delivery team who will lead the KERN in 2017/18.

If you are interested in enhancing your CV and developing your engagement experience, make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity.


How to make a busk

Tuesday 21st February, K0.19 (Strand), 14:00-16:00 (or 17:00 if you choose to stick around!)

Research staff and students came together to find out how to go about creating a busk based on their research – the ultimate public engagement tool which you can deliver anywhere, to anyone, in under five minutes.

Together we took a look at what makes a good busk (finding a ‘hook’) and took participants through the practical steps to create their very own busk.

This was a hands-on, practical session which helped participants develop (at least the ideas behind) their very own busk.

Who knows, maybe we’ll even host a KERN ‘busk take-over’ one day soon…




Evaluating Engagement –  What’s the point?!

22nd November 2017

3.15-5.15 Meeting Rooms 1,2,3 Biomedical Research Centre, Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital, London Bridge


The King’s Engaged Researcher Network ran their second workshop – ‘Evaluating Engagement –  What’s the point?!’

Hosted by Dr Heather King (Research Fellow, School of Education, Communication and Society) and Dr Jenny Cook (Research Associate and Public Engagement Manager at the Biomedical Research Centre).

This was an interactive workshop for researchers of all disciplines to support a better understanding of effective engagement and its evaluation.

Together, participants critically worked through the plans of a typical research engagement event and discuss questions arising at each stage. We examined what is and what is not possible to measure, and what we can and cannot claim.  In so doing we asked what’s the point of evaluation, and how can we do it better?

This workshop was a hands-on, creative experience and was designed to be accessible and useful to everyone interested in engagement.

For more information on the  King’s Engaged Researcher Network please visit


The first KERN event was Stand Up & Engage – an introductory event to welcome in the new academic year and the launch of KERN. The event took place in the afternoon on Wednesday the 12th October from 3 pm  to 5 pm upstairs at a The Miller,  just next to Guy’s campus.

Although there are a wide range of ways to do public engagement, nothing beats good old fashioned standing up on a stage in front of a crowd and sharing your work with them. The skills used in speaking about your work and research in jargon-free and entertaining language can help with all aspects of science communication, and not just public engagement.

The event featuerd talks by researchers and science communicators. Topics covered included:
• Which event is best for you, and how to get involved
• Preparing your talk – what format should you use?
• Stand & Deliver – how to speak to crowds

There was also an opportunity for participants to get involved, with an ideas workshop followed by short open mic sessions to give everyone a taste of speaking on stage and a chance to get some feedback.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Michelle Ma: Lecturer in Imaging Chemistry & Soapbox Science veteran
  • Matt Allinson Communication and Engagement Officer for the Imaging Sciences division
  • Steve Cross Science Communication Guru

Further in the Future

Here’s a list of all our upcoming events. If you would like to save the calendar into your outlook download the ical file here. If you have an idea for an event that you haven’t seen here, email