Outreach and Public Activities

Our Public Engagement programme aims to:

  • build skills for working effectively with external collaborators
  • develop high quality research with real-world applications
  • create public spaces for discussion about the future of sustainable chemical technologies.

Developing the self-confidence and skills for engaging with diverse public groups has been core to the CSCT. Using an external agency, Graphic Science, and a large external network of collaborators both the theory and practice of engagement is embedded in the training undertaken by all PhD students within the Centre.

This approach has resulted in a growing cohort of PhD students (over 100 so far) with experience and insight into engagement.

Peer-to-peer support within this cohort has stimulated successful pieces of work including a long-standing collaboration with graphic design students from Bath Spa University and orchestration of a ‘Stand-up Science’ series in Bath. The CSCT has produced the first three winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Prize for Public Engagement with Research – Lisa Sargeant in 2014, Jon Chouler in 2015 and Jemma Rowlandson in 2016.

Our students involve young people, families and interested publics through public debates, science cafes, hands-on festival exhibits and media work.

“We believe that engaging with a diverse range of publics in areas of technology that have a high degree of societal importance is excellent training for our PhD students.”

Professor Matthew Davidson, Director,
Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Public Engagement blogs