Public Engagement

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, Science Made Simple, 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 an almost unbroken record of winning the Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Prize for Public Engagement with Research – Lisa Sargeant (winner) in 2014, Jon Chouler (winner) in 2015, Jemma Rowlandson (winner) in 2016, Emma Sackville (runner up) in 2017 and Bethan Charles (winner) in 2018.

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



  • Are plastics good or bad? Find out more about Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with our downloadable LCA game and the LCA Fact Sheet.

  • What wastewater can tell us about community health – What if we told you that every morning, around the world, people wake up with enough data to monitor the coronavirus pandemic? And what if we told you that the first thing they do with it is flush it down the toilet?

Latest activities

STEM from home

If you are looking to develop your own science and technology activities at home or fancy visiting a museum from your own desk, here are a few resources that may help:

“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 and Circular Technologies

Public Engagement blogs