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Public Engagement with Research

Responsive Research? Prospects for public dialogue in a global context Event

5 March 2014
Building 22, Room 2001

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Jo James on ext 24189 or email .

Event details

Can research be responsive to public needs and priorities? ‘Impact’ is a core principle for Research Councils and, in that sense, one might argue that funded research is already sensitive to public need. However, organisations such as Sciencewise and leading academics and practitioners in science policy have tried to open up a new conversation on how needs, priorities and impacts are defined in the first place, and how the public might contribute to these discussions. with special guest: Sujatha Raman, Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies, University of Nottingham

Sujatha Raman has recently launched a project, supported by Sciencewise, on the subject of responsive research. This seminar will be an opportunity for researchers at Southampton to contribute to the project, and have a discussion around questions and issues such as:

  • Who sets research priorities and what is the role of the public?
  • How should public priorities be determined and what is the role of dialogue?
  • What are the responsibilities of UK-funded research to publics impacted in other parts of the world?
  • How does responsive research relate to the responsible research and innovation framework (RRI)?
  • What kinds of institutions and funding mechanisms are required for research to be responsive in a global context?

You are warmly invited to join us for some lively discussion. To book your place, please email Jo James  Please pass this invitation on to any other colleagues who may be interested in attending.

For more information about Sujatha’s project, please go to:

Speaker information

Sujatha Raman,University of Nottingham,Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies

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