Public Engagement Information for Researchers

1. What is public engagement?

Researchers discussing prototype

In its simplest form, public engagement is when a member of a specialist group communicates and interacts with members of the public who do not have indepth knowledge of that speciality. This interaction allows the public to gain more information and get a greater understanding about this subject. 

Public engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) has increased a great deal over the last decade, with many funders and universities now expecting their researchers and staff to engage with the non-scientific community as part of their work. Public engagement covers a range of activities, from giving talks and demonstrations to laboratory tours and hosting events such as science festivals. 

This information will explain more about how researchers can get involved in public engagement, especially with people affected by dementia.