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Engagement Showcase and Researchers' Cafe

Engaging and involving different groups and audiences beyond the University ('publics') is an increasingly important aspect of the research process, which can help to ensure meaningful and impactful outcomes and outputs.

At the University of Southampton, there are many ways in which doctoral researchers can get involved in taking research out to diverse audiences, employing exciting and innovative formats.

Public Engagement activities
Just some of the Public Engagement activities at the University

Engagement Showcase

SUSU Concourse, 4pm - 6pm,  Tuesday 17 May 2016.  Open to everyone - do come along!

Come and meet doctoral researchers from our many public engagement teams and activities at our Engagement Showcase, and find out what they get up to.

For doctoral researchers - the showcase will give you the chance to discover more about the groups and networks which can support you to engage beyond just your research group, discispline area and the University.

For other students and members of staff - get a taste of different events and activities and see how research is taken out and about.

Contributors to the Showcase will include:

Find out more about Public Engagement in Research

Researchers' Cafe

SUSU, 4pm - 6pm, Tuesday 17 May. Open for all to attend - please check at Showcase for Cafe venue.

Running alongside the Engagement Showcase will be special Festival edition of the Researchers' Cafe. This popular event enables researchers to meet each other and other staff, students and the public to discuss their research in an informal space.


4.15pm - Frances Dunn, talking about deltas

5pm - Nathan Shammah, talking about quantum tech

5.30pm - Paulina Sikorska, talking about drones and privacy

6pm - How to take part in Researchers' Cafe and other options for engaging the public - Tony Curran

Do drop by for any or all of these - there'll be plenty of time for questions and discussion with each presenter.


Find out more about Researchers' Cafe


Festival events to book in advance...

iSolutions workshops

iSolutions Workshops

Want to be a Word wizard? To make great research posters? A series of workshops tailored to PGR needs.

Dr Steve Cross

Presentation Skills Workshop

Comedian and science communicator Dr. Steve Cross will help to boost your confidence and refine your presentation techniques.

digital storytelling

Digital Storytelling

There is always more than one way to tell a story. A workshop on Video Abstracts.

Festival events advisable to book, but there may be spaces on the day...

PGR wellbeing project

PGR Wellbeing Project

A feedback session on key findings, and possible next steps, from the PGR Wellbeing Project.  

voices of experience

Voices of Experience Q&A

Pick the brains of those who have gone before you. A Q&A session with late-stage PGRs and ECRs.  

fesitval fringe debate

What is a PhD For?

Speakers will debate differing viewpoints on the purpose of the doctorate and discuss the ‘overproduction’ of PhDs in our Fringe Debate.

live storytelling

Evening of Live Storytelling

Researchers talk about the ups and downs of life and research, in 'Coffee #1' in Portswood. In partnership with Touch.  

DTC showcase

Doctoral Training Showcase

Showcasing the high-quality research that has come through Doctoral Training initiatives. Student talks, posters and training workshops.    

pint of science

Pint of Science

Falling within the Festival period, bringing research to your local pub.

film screening

Film Screening

The Straight Story, directed by David Lynch. This film shows 'resilience' at its best.

bright club

Bright Club

Combining research with stand-up comedy to educate and entertain! Find out more information and enter here.

Festival events to drop-in to...

support services fair

PGR Support and Services Fair

What support is availalbe to you as a doctoral researcher? Drop-in to our fair and find out. Please note: PGR CV Clinic to be booked in ADVANCE.  

Career pathways

Pathways to a Scientific Career

Listen to a panel of scientists discuss their career paths followed by a Q&A session. 074/02 NOCS, Mon 23 May, 3:00pm - 4:30pm.

poster display

Humanities Poster Display

A range of Humanities research posters will be on display throughout the Festival, in Building 65, South Corridor at Avenue Campus.

Also within the Festival...

opposites attract

Opposites Attract

Pairs of researchers are collaborating on projects to be showcased at the end of the Festival - follow their progress here.  

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