By Dr Jenny Cook, Research Associate and the Biomedical Research Centre’s Public and Community Engagement Manager
Researchers from across King’s College London gathered at The Miller pub, near Guy’s Campus, last week for the inaugural King’s Engaged Researcher Network (KERN) event.
‘Stand up and Engage!’ was an interactive workshop which gave KCL researchers the chance to hear from engagement experts and meet with their peers from across King’s. The event featured talks from; Dr Steve Cross, a Wellcome Trust public engagement fellow; Dr Rebecca Tremain, an engagement officer at the London School of hygiene and tropical medicine; and Dr Michelle Ma, a Lecturer in the division of Imaging Sciences who is supported by the BRC.
Michelle, whose lecture was on her experiences with public engagement and why she does it said:
“It was terrific to meet other King’s researchers from different disciplines – clinical trials work, cancer biology, dentistry, English literature – who are all so excited about their work, and want to communicate their enthusiasm.”
Matt Allinson, one of the KERN organising committee who also compered the event, said:
“We had some great feedback from attendees who enjoyed hearing about different mediums through which scientific information can be shared. It was so encouraging to see so many people turn out from various stages in their careers, from PhD students to lecturers, and share their ideas for how to engage the public with their work.”
Tom Bragg, Communications Manager for the NIHR Clinical Research Network South London, said:
“Meeting like-minded people after the talks was as much fun as the talks themselves. I hope the event is the start of a new community at King’s.”
The King’s Engaged Researcher Network is a group of researchers from across King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ who support each other in carrying out engagement in all its many forms.
Open to students, researchers and staff from all levels and disciplines with the aim of fostering a growing community to share, develop and celebrate public engagement practices.
The next event will be ‘Engaging with Impact: a workshop on evaluation methods’ on the 22 November.
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