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Tuesday 23 November

Day 1. Reflecting on 2020 and 2021

10:30 - 11:00

Introduction to the day and keynote address

Professor Nigel Brown OBE CBiol FRSB

Chair of the College of Individual Members for the RSB Council

11:00 - 12:00

Digital transformation of outreach and engagement activities

Dr Maria Ocampo-Hafalla

Lab Manager for Education & Science Educator, The Francis Crick Institute

Maria and colleagues covers how existing outreach and emgagement activities, projects and events were transformed in the wake of the pandemic, and what worked well and what didn't. 

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 14:30

COVID-19 outreach and engagement

Dr Erika Aquino

Public Engagement Manager, British Society for Immunology

Erika shares how BSI altered the focus of their outreach and engagement work to COVID-19 specific projects that engaged with new and diverse audiences.

14:30 - 14:45


14:45 - 15:45

Identifying and reaching new audiences

Dr Mahmoud Maina

Research Fellow, University of Sussex

Joana Moscoso

Co-Founder, Native Scientist

Professor Fulvio D'Acquisto

Professor of Immunology, University of Roehampton

Join our panel as they discuss how new audiences are identified when limited to digital engagement, and how to engage with digital audiences in an impactful and measureable manner. They will also discuss how to reach new audiences in general and share their recent projects and experiences.

15:45 - 16:00

Closing remarks

Professor Jonathan Pettitt

Personal Chair, University of Aberdeen

Wednesday 24 November

Day 2: Current successes and challenges

10:30 - 11:00

Introduction to the day and keynote address

Dr Sarah Bailey

Vice President of Engagement, British Pharmacological Society

11:00 - 12:00

How to support inclusive and equitable engagement using our understanding of science capital

Professor Louise Archer

Karl Mannheim Chair of Sociology of Education, IOE, University College London

Join Louise as she discusses how to support inclusive and equitable engagement using our understanding of science capital.

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 14:30

Digital accessibility

Dr Sarah Bearchell

STEM Lead for the Lightyear Foundation

Dr Jamie Gallagher

Freelance Science Communicator

Join Sarah and Jamie as they share how they have optimised digital engagement tools to allow for greater accessibility, including technical provisions as well as more general considerations. 

14:30 - 14:45 Break 
14:45 - 15:45

Engaging with LGBT+ liberation efforts

Dr Alfredo Carpineti

Chair and leader of Pride in STEM

Join Alfredo as he discusses how science organisations can line up their outreach and engagement work with LGBT+ liberation efforts, and the challenges and opportunities with this. 

15:45 - 16:45 

Taking science out to your local community

Dr Claire Price

Research Officer, Swansea University

Dr Hephzi Tagoe

Research Scientist, GhScientific 

Join Claire and Hephzi as they share their experiences in bringing large scale science outreach and engagement projects to their local community including the Basildon Science Festival, and the Merthyr Science Festival.

16:45 - 17:00

Closing remarks

Rebecca Ellerington

Outreach, Education and Diversity Manager, Society for Experimental Biology 

Thursday 25 November

Day 3: Looking to the future

10:30 - 11:00

Introduction to the day and keynote address: Digital Engagement for the next generation

Philippa Skett MRSB

Press and Communications Manager, Royal Society of Biology

Philippa will offer a whistle-stop tour of the innovative outreach and engagement work on the highly sucessful video platform TikTok.

11:00 - 12:00

Future engagement challenges including evaluation

Toby Shannon-Smith

Public Programs Manager, Institute of Physics

Anna Woolman

Engagement Manager, British Science Association

Join Toby and Anna as they discuss what they have learned from the pandemic, and what they predict may be the next suite of challenges.

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break 
13:30 - 14:30

Increasing your funding

Dr Steve Scott

Public Engagement Lead, UK Research and Innovation

Greer Roberts

Funding and Direct Activities Lead, Wellcome

Dr Magda Van Leeuwen

Volunteer and Member Engagement Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry

Join our panel of representatives from leading funders to discuss and highlight what funders are looking for in application and how to avoid common mistakes. 

14:30 - 14:45 Break 
14:45 - 15:45

Thinking outside the box

Dr Lucy Green

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Assistant Director of Institute of Developmental Sciences, University of Southampton

Dr Nicolas Bonne

Public Engagement and Outreach Fellow, University of Portsmouth

Marie Bowers

Technician, The University of Glasgow

Join our panel as they discuss new and exciting projects that really widen the horizons of outreach and engagement, including projects to engage with traveller communities, those with visual impairments and other underserved audiences.

15:45 - 16:00

Closing remarks

Dr Mark Downs CBiol CSci FRSB

Chief Executive, Royal Society of Biology