Public engagement at the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research

‌With funding from Wellcome Trust, we are supporting The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research (EBI) to encourage a culture in which public and patients’ views feed into the University’s health research. Our Public Engagement Associate for the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research aims to support all health and wellbeing researchers at Bristol to do public engagement, and to connect the University with local communities.

Public Advisory Group

‌We run a Public Advisory Group, which meets several times a year and is made up of key stakeholders in public engagement and health and social care, as well as representatives of public and patient involvement groups linked to research projects at the University of Bristol. See the list of members of the Public Advisory Group.

The aim of the group is to enable public views to be fed into the Institute's strategic thinking, and to provide health and wellbeing researchers with opportunities for engagement. Researchers are invited to present their research to the group and get feedback.

If you are a University of Bristol researcher and are interested in discussing your research with the group you can find more information on the EBI researchers' guide page.

‌Training for health and wellbeing researchers

Our monthly lunchtime training sessions support and develop researchers’ public engagement skills. The lunchtime format is designed to be easily accessible for academics, and the sessions are informal and participatory. We usually involve relevant guest speakers from outside the university.

Previous workshops have included ‘talking about your research’, ‘defining your audience’, and ‘discussion games’. Attendees have the opportunity to suggest future topics based on their needs.

If you are a health and wellbeing researcher and would like to attend these sessions, please get in touch with Didier Laval

One to one public engagement support

‌Health and wellbeing researchers are able to meet one to one with our Public Engagement Associate for the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research to get tailored public engagement advice.

We can advise on planning public engagement activities, preparing grant applications, connecting with community partners, evaluating public engagement, and lots more.

Fun Palaces

Fun Palaces is a movement promoting community at the heart of culture, with an annual weekend of arts and science action created by, for and with local people.

The EBI is one of five UK organisations selected to host a Fun Palaces Ambassador. Locally this is Ellie Shipman, Bristol’s Science Fun Palaces Ambassador. This unique role connects and supports university researchers, local residents and community partners to catalyse and host their own health-inspired arts and science events over the global Fun Palaces weekend every October.

Bristol Fun Palaces have included graffitiing health messages on YoBikes, covering the Bristol Ferry in health advice pom poms, taking over train carriages with portraits for mental wellbeing, playing games to discover health facts, alongside making, felting, cooking and so much more. Here is our interactive map of 2017 Bristol Fun Palaces.

For researchers, getting involved in Fun Palaces Bristol is a great way to develop your engagement, communication and facilitation skills, receive one to one support and free public engagement training, make new connections with potential partners across the city, and have fun.

The next Fun Palaces weekend is on 6th and 7th October 2018, and is open to anyone to get involved. Get in touch with the Fun Palaces Bristol team for more information, or look them up on Twitter @Fun_Bristol 

Feel It Festival

In November 2016 we ran four days of events investigating pain, breathlessness, and the experience of being human in partnership with the Life of Breath research project team.

The festival saw pain, in all its forms, explored through performing arts, debated in talks and panels and discussed in creative workshops where participants and members of the audience had the chance to probe, question and feed into the University of Bristol research being carried out into human pain and breathlessness.

Explore the Feel It festival programme and watch our festival video to get a flavour of the festival.

 

Get in touch!

Didier Laval, our Public Engagement Associate for the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, aims to support all health and wellbeing researchers at Bristol to do public engagement, and to connect the University with local communities.

Present your research to the Public Advisory Group!A Fun Palaces workshop

If you are interested in discussing your research with our public advisory group you can find more information on the EBI researchers' guide page.
A Fun Palaces event