public engagement

This year was the busiest yet for the British Psychological Society Stand at the Big Bang Fair. The Fair, which is one of the largest celebrations of science, technology, engineering and maths of its kind in Europe, brings together children and young people from across the UK...

The British Psychological Society’s Public Engagement and Media Award in 2015 went to Mindhacks, a blog led by psychologists Dr Vaughan Bell and Dr Tom Stafford that has featured over 5000 posts across the past decade. Example posts...

One delusion
‘You have to start young if you want to get to the top in sport!’

When my father was about 52 he stopped playing football and started playing golf. During the school holidays he lured my younger sister and me to the driving range...

A group of psychologists in Bath have been invited to run an after-school psychology club for primary-age children. Dr Susanna Martin, a postdoctoral researcher at the university’s CREATE Lab, was invited by a local primary to run psychology activities over nine weeks with...

Psychologists are amongst the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Transmission Prize (http://transmissionprize.com/), awarded by Salon London for the communication of ideas.

Launched in 2008, Salon showcases writers,...

A group of science lectures held in pubs across UK cities included three nights of psychology and neurobiology talks in Birmingham. The Pint of Science Festival takes place in nine countries and 50 cities across the same three nights, and on the second evening the audience...

As tens of thousands of children and teenagers flooded into Birmingham’s NEC for the Big Bang science fair, the BPS and representatives from several universities were on hand to inspire an interest in psychology. The Society’s Mind Mysteries stand amazed the youngsters with...

Many of us in higher education are funded by taxpayers’ money, and so it is understandable why the research councils have increasingly asked grant applicants to include strategies to disseminate research findings (known as ‘pathways to impact’). Public engagement (PE)...

Making psychology a household word

Making Psychology a Household Word was an overarching theme of my 2005 presidency of the American Psychological Association. As members of a learned profession, we have a great deal to offer society. To accomplish...

Public engagement activities involve any scientific communication with an audience outside of academia. These activities range from speaking to five-year olds at a local school to giving an interview to John Humphrys on Radio 4’s Today programme. While some scientists engage...