Public engagement at the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health

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'Contact me on +44 (0)117 331 7730 or email me at georgia.bladon@bristol.ac.uk for more information about public engagement in health research.'

Georgia Bladon, Public Engagement Officer for the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health (EBI) brings together leading researchers from disparate fields to collaborate on solutions to the most pressing health problems of the 21st century.  Key to its aims and objectives is public engagement, whereby the Institute has recently appointed Georgia Bladon into the post of Public Engagement Officer.  Georgia is involved in several projects across EBI which are defined below. 

Public Advisory Group

EBI run a public advisory group which meets four times a year. It is an opportunity for researchers to present their research and get feedback on the aspects that affect public and patient groups. Georgia plans, runs and evaluates these.  To find out more information about the Public Advisory Group for health research, visit http://www.bristol.ac.uk/blackwell/ 

From the 17th to 20th of November 2016 the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and the Life of Breath project will bring together researchers, artists and members of the public to debate and explore University of Bristol research on the experience of being human; in particular pain and breathlessness.

Feel It Festival

The weekend-long festival will see 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 will have the chance to probe, question and feed into the University of Bristol research being carried out into human pain and breathlessness. The festival will take place in Circomedia's St Paul's Church, just off Portland Square. We are honoured to work with Circomedia not just as a beautiful venue, but as an orgainsation with over 15 years of experience in physical theatre.

Get Involved

We are currently pulling together a programme based on applications from University of Bristol researchers and reasearchers will find out shortly whether there applications have been successful. 

Other projects

EBI holds regular activities that engage communities across Bristol with health research at the University of Bristol.  If you would like to find out more about these activities, please contact Georgia Bladon.

Public engagement advice and support

Georgia also provides advice and support for researchers planning public engagement activities or who are preparing grant applications and can find suitable researchers for external partners who wish to engage the public with health research. Researchers looking to do patient involvement as part of their research can use EBI's resource.