Looking for some more inspiration, insights and shared experiences about public engagement activities taking place across The University of Manchester? Then come along to our first enagement@manchester event for 2017/18…

Storytelling and public engagement – 18 October 2017, 1 – 2:30pm, The Study, Collection Room, Manchester Museum

In this interactive session, we will look at how storytelling can be a powerful way in which to engage the public with research. Find out why and how we can use a range of storytelling techniques and forms, work collaboratively with external partners and involve the public in the process. And you will get to have a go too!

Case Studies presented by:

  • Hazel Burke, School of Social Sciences – Sketching Research – A collaboration between Lynne Chapman, Urban Sketcher, and the Morgan Centre, University of Manchester. What can an artist and a bunch of sociologists learn from each other’s work? An insight into our experiments with using observational sketching in sociological research.
  • Mirjam Roeder, School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering – A graphic introduction to Bioenergy – A scientists we regularly collaborate between ourselves, industry and decision makers on our scientific findings but we have yet to embark on an active programme to tell the public about our work which is where the graphic novel comes in. Find out how and why we choose to explore this form for engaging a wider audience with our research.
  • Ceri Harrop, School of Biological Sciences – Storyboarding Research. Working with researchers from the Wellcome Trust centre for Cell-Matrix Research, young people from the patient organisation Alport UK used storyboarding techniques to co-design a series of short animations telling the story of living with their condition. See an example here. In this session, we will explore how this technique can be used in public and patient involvement as well as the technical aspects of producing these videos.

All welcome.

Save these dates for future engagement@manchester sessions:

  • Impact and research partnerships – 24 January 2018, 1:00-2:30pm, HBS Hanson Room
  • Policy, health and the arts – 21 March 2018, 1:00-2:30pm, Zochonis B24
  • Community engagement: working with/empowering young people, with guest speaker: Ruth Ibegbuna – 16 May 2018, 1:00-2:30pm, Discovery Centre, Manchester Museum.

And you can catch up on previous engagement@manchester sessions here.

*please note, food and drink is not allowed in this gallery space at the Museum

Dee-Ann Johnson & Ceri Harrop on behalf the engagement@manchester group