Public engagement with research prizes: keeping recognition rewarding
Public Engagement prize schemes are an established method of recognising, celebrating and rewarding researchers for outstanding engagement work. But as time progresses, do these initiatives continue to encourage and develop PE activity?
The presenting team has 10 years’ experience in coordinating prizes, and will share their experience, including recent initiatives such as introducing members of the public to judging panels. Difficulties encountered will also be discussed: How is excellence defined within a complex research landscape? Can highlighting a select few do more harm than good? Do softer schemes let universities off the hook with formal recognition? Should prizes be categorised to reflect career or experience level? Should the public’s views have the same value as the ‘experts’?
In this session we will explore these issues and more. We will use an interactive format to encourage vibrant discussion on the pros and cons of how we celebrate public engagement in different UK settings. We will share analysis of our own schemes as well as our judging criteria and some examples, to find out if participants can differentiate between public and expert scores. There will be a chance to reflect and design fresh award criteria which might mitigate against the above issues.
Dr Barbara Gorgoni - University of Aberdeen
Dr Mhairi Stewart - Head of Public Engagement with Research, St Andrews University
Dr Claire Hawes - Researcher Development Adviser, University of Aberdeen
|Theme:||Impact & Public Engagement|
|Level:||Open to all|
|Date:||17th June 2019|
|Time:||09:45 - 10:15|
|Room:||Meeting Room 1b|