Engagement opportunities

As well as offering training, our team can help you find and get involved in activities where you can put your engagement skills into practice with face-to-face conversations with communities. Get in touch and tell us what you're interested in doing and we can help you find the right opportunity. All of our upcoming opportunities are listed below and you can find out more information about our bigger projects by clicking the links in the left-hand menu.

Summer Seed Fund 2019

To celebrate the recent “Conversations that Count: A festival of public engagement”, we are making small pots of funding available (up to £500) to help researchers to get their engagement ideas off the ground. All University of Bristol staff and postgraduate students can apply, and we particularly encourage attendees from our Conversations that Count events to build on what they learnt during the festival.

Our aim is to create opportunities for you to experiment with new methodologies, connect to new communities and build new ideas and we hope to see innovative public engagement ideas that you have not been able to fund elsewhere. After the funded project is completed, we will ask you to complete a short report that we can share around the University to inspire others and share your ideas!

We are keen to see engagement projects that engage communities with both research and teaching at the University, so please get in touch if you would like guidance on how to frame your ideas.

The guidance document can be downloaded here: ‌Guidance for Applicants - Public Engagement Summer Seed Fund 2019 (Office document, 30kB)

The application form can be downloaded here: Application Form - Public Engagement Summer Seed Fund 2019 (Office document, 32kB).

The deadline is Friday 5th July and we will let applicants know the results by Friday 12th July.
For more information contact the Public Engagement Associate for your Faculty.


Upcoming opportunities (organised by deadline) include:

Share your engagement story at the annual Engage conference (4-5 December) taking place in Bristol and coordinated by the NCCPE. You can propose workshops, talks, posters and more on their website (deadline 18 June). If you’d like to partner with us, we’d be happy to chat just email us.

Take part in FUTURES 2019, a festival of discovery in Bristol and Bath celebrating European Researchers' Night (27-28 September). All researchers can join public events at the SS Great Britain, We The Curious and more (deadline 30 June).

Make a film about science to communicate your work and enter the Bristol Science Film Competition (deadline 30 June).

Inform teachers about the latest research through “Subject Knowledge Enhancement” sessions. The Cabot Learning Federation are hosting workshops for their teachers (5 July) and would like researchers to lead them. For more info contact Ellie Cripps.

Inspire school students and their families from across the UK with hands-on STEM Activities at Big Bang UK (11-14 March; Birmingham). Email us for advice before you apply (deadline 31 August).

Inspire audiences from school children to policy makers by taking part in the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2020 (deadline 10 September).

Support school students to build an electric car as part of the Greenpower competition. Chipping Sodbury School are looking for volunteers to support their Greenpower club (Mondays in term time, 6-8pm). For more info contact Ellie Cripps.

Engage the people of Sherborne with your research! Sherborne Science Café are looking for speakers for their regular events on the fourth Wednesday evening of the month. For more info contact the PE team.


Need funding for engagement? Calls open now include: