Coronavirus and public engagement
The Elizabeth Blackwell team are now working from home and continue to follow government and university guidance in our response to the coronavirus outbreak. We continue to support health researchers in public engagement, so please do get in touch.
You may be using this time to write up, or to develop new ideas and research proposals. We are keeping a watchful eye on new funding calls and changes to existing ones in order to provide up to date advice. If you are planning or working on a funding application, we can support you in developing your public engagement plans, leading to real impact.
Advice and support
We are available as usual to discuss your projects, plans and engagement ideas. The current environment poses obvious challenges for public engagement, but there are many opportunities still to discuss. If you have questions about public engagement at this time, or plans for the future, please get in touch.
Public engagement seed fund
Our seed fund is currently closed to submissions for any projects focusing on face to face engagement.
If you would like to apply for funding to support an engagement activity which adheres with social distancing guidance, please get in touch to discuss this in more detail.
Remote project work
We continue to work on projects and with our Public Advisory Group. In May we are catching up with our community partners via the Public Advisory Group, learning from them and sharing detail of Elizabeth Blackwell Institute-funded Covid-19 research projects.
Our engaged research project, Create to Collaborate, continues in partnership with NIHR ARC West. Feeding into the ARC West research prioritisation process, and investigating how the use of creative activities can help build relationships between public groups and health researchers, the project constantly informs our public engagement learning and understanding.
We continue to plan for engagement events scheduled for later in 2020. These include Being Human Festival, Thinking Futures, and European Researchers Night, a project funded by the EU Commission. As we progress with planning, we will continue to provide more information.
How to make connections
For researchers whose engagement plans must go ahead, virus or no virus, our Public Engagement Associate, Jo Stubbs, has put thoughts and advice on how to approach engagement at this time. Making connections during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jo Stubbs, our Public Engagement Associate, is working from home on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week.
The bigger picture
At this time of change, there is opportunity to take stock. How does public engagement with health research raise the profile of essential knowledge? How does online working change things for both health research and public engagement?
Working with the University public engagement team and the wider engagement community, we are contributing to these discussions, and making sure our learning feeds into the work we plan now and in the future.
The following bulletins and newsletters are a good way to stay up to date with news and support:
Elizabeth Blackwell Institute bulletin: for our news and updates
Connect: all things public engagement at the University of Bristol
Newsflash: PPI opportunities and news in the South West, for researchers and public