The University of Southampton
Public Engagement with Research

Southampton's spectrum of public engagement

The Public Enagement with Research unit runs and coordinates a Spectrum of engagement opportunities for researchers at all career stages.

Researcher's cafe at Cheltenham Science Festival

Bringing Research to Life Roadshow

The Research Roadshow tours a selection of our research on an annual basis at regional and national events, usually between February and September.

Researchers' Cafe logo

Researchers' Cafe

The Researchers' Cafe enables students, staff and the public to meet University researchers and discuss their reserach in an informal space.

'Accelerate' Show at Science & Engineering Day

Festivals

Human Worlds Festival (November) and Science & Engineering Festival (March) are Southampton's two major annual platforms for research engagement.

southampton university challenged

University Challenged

Academic quiz show where teams of students from UK universities answer questions on all manner of subjects

Some Spectrum activities are organised by colleagues from elsewhere in the University, including some nationally-coordinated events:

The Bright Club

Bright Club

Researchers take their work to a wider audience, sharing their enthusiasm for their area of expertise within the guise of stand-up comedy

Pint of Science

Pint of Science

An opportunity for scientists (in the broadest sense) to take their research into local pubs.  Southampton is one of many locations nationally, and events run during May each year.

Meet the scientist conversation

Meet the Scientist at LifeLab

Small group sessions within LifeLab's teaching programme, where researchers talk informally with school pupils about their research and life as a scientist. 

The Science Room

The Science Room @ The Art House

An informal science community forming in Southampton, allowing everyone to participate in science through talks, questions, exploration and discussion - as well as artistic creation!

3MT competition at Southampton

3 Minute Thesis

Doctoral researchers compete against each other to present their research to a non-expert audience in just three minutes, with just one slide and no props/gizmos.

TEDxSouthampton

TEDx

TEDxSouthampton brings the famous TED-style talks to Southampton with an independently curated event

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