4. Ways to get involved
There are many things that you can do to get involved in public engagement. These include:
Participate at your nearest science festival
Many science festivals are run or sponsored by universities and so may have space for staff members or students to have a stand where you can have games, demonstrations or activities. Alternatively you can host a talk, lecture or panel session as part of the festival. If you would like to participate, talk to the public engagement team at your university or email the festival organisers.
Take part in a specialist science communication event
There are a growing number of programmes across the UK that encourage researchers to communicate with the public. These include FameLab, Three Minute Thesis, I'm a Scientist, Get me Out of Here! and Science Showoff.
There are also specialist events that give you the opportunity to talk to a non-scientific audience about your subject. These include Pint of Science (where talks take place in local pubs) and Café Scientifique. If you are interested in participating in one of these events you can get in touch with a local organiser.
- List of specialist public engagement organisations in the UK
- List of local Café Scientifques
- Pint of Science website
Join an Alzheimer's Society event
Alzheimer's Society hosts a number of events and talks for our supporters and service users. The audience for these will be people affected by dementia and their carers and family members.
A good opportunity to engage with Alzheimer's Society supporters are our Memory Walks, held in September and October at various locations across the UK. However, many of our local services also hold events, including talks at Dementia Cafés.
If you are interested in talking or helping at an Alzheimer's Society service or event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hold your own event
See the next page to find out more about how to hold your own event.