Public Engagement has developed enormously over recent years. No longer just about outreach and the communication of a particular topic or message to a ‘general public’, it is now a collection of approaches that still includes the vital activity of distributing information, but also comprises opportunities for different communities to contribute directly in a two-way approach.
The public engagement strategy of SfAM focuses on our commitment to encourage and support projects that raise awareness of the place of microbiology in the world around us, especially to under-represented groups within our discpline and those who may not already have much knowledge of microbiology.
We also seek to develop communication skills of scientists in the workplace or acedemia and frequently run workshops and competitions.
Our public engagement grant is generous, innovative and available to members and non-members alike. The grant is designed to target potential audiences using new approaches and modern communication tools.
Dr Zubeyde Bayram-Weston from Swansea University piloted the game of ‘Microbiology Scramble’ at The Swansea Science Festival in October 2019 – find out how you can use this game in your public engagement events!
SfAM spoke to to Elaine Cloutman-Green about Nosocomial- a devised play about AMR, diagnosis and the unseen work of healthcare scientists.
The Cambridge Hands-On Science (CHaOS) Summer Roadshow applied for a Public Engagement Grant to help finance their 2018 summer tour. Here’s what happened on the road!