Learning from engagement

Understanding why audiences attend live science events and cultures of public engagement in HE.

This DPhil draws on several research papers and projects which have taken place between 2011 and 2017. Laura Fogg-Rogers has led several projects aiming to understand why audiences attend live science events, and how cultures of public engagement in higher education support this form of science communication.

Science Live explored the landscape of live science events in the UK, and is being developed further in the Science Festival Network project. This research was supported by several academic journal papers about audience preferences for and learning at live science events.

Organisational culture is essential to support public engagement taking place in higher education. This area of research has been underpinned by several journal papers exploring methods to support researchers who wish to take part in live science events, informed by the projects Children as Engineers and Robots vs Animals.