RSB Connect 2021: bringing outreach and engagement into the future
Held on 23rd - 25th November 2021 RSB Connect 2021 was a three-day online bioscience outreach and engagement symposium.
The event included talks, presentations and Q&A sessions to provide training, information and discussion of contemporary issues relating to outreach and engagement.
The symposium summarised what we have learned during the pandemic, what new tools have made life better and how we can utilise the lessons learned to enhance outreach and engagement work for the future.
Check out our playlist from our YouTube channel, or individual videos below:
Introduction to the day and keynote address
Professor Nigel Brown OBE CBiol FRSB, Chair of the College of Individual Members for the RSB Council.
Digital transformation of outreach and engagement activities
Dr Maria Ocampo-Hafalla, Lab Manager for Education & Science Educator, The Francis Crick Institute. Maria is joined by colleagues from The Francis Crick Institute and Regent High School.
COVID-19 outreach and engagement
Dr Erika Aquino, Public Engagement Manager, British Society for Immunology.
Identifying and reaching new audiences
Day one - Closing remarks
Professor Jonathan Pettitt, Personal Chair, University of Aberdeen.
Introduction to day two and keynote address
Dr Sarah Bailey, Vice President of Engagement, British Pharmacological Society.
How to support inclusive and equitable engagement using our understanding of science capital
Professor Louise Archer, Karl Mannheim Chair of Sociology of Education, IOE, University College London.
Engaging with LGBT+ liberation efforts
Dr Alfredo Carpineti, Chair and leader of Pride in STEM.
Taking science out to your local community
Day two closing remarks
Rebecca Ellerington, Outreach, Education and Diversity Manager, Society for Experimental Biology.
Introduction to day three and keynote address: Digital Engagement for the next generation
Philippa Skett MRSB, Digital Communications Manager, Royal Society of Biology.
Future engagement challenges including evaluation
Increasing your funding
Dr Steve Scott, Public Engagement Lead, UK Research and Innovation; Greer Roberts, Funding and Direct Activities Lead, Wellcome; and Dr Magda van Leeuwen, Volunteer and Member Engagement Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry.
Thinking outside the box
Dr Lucy Green, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Assistant Director of Institute of Developmental Sciences, University of Southampton; Tactile Universe - Dr Nicolas Bonne, Public Engagement and Outreach Fellow, University of Portsmouth; and Science Travels - Marie Bowers, Technician, The University of Glasgow.
RSB Connect 2021 was supported by RSB Member Organisations: Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Biochemical Society, British Pharmacological Society, British Society for Immunology, Society for Experimental Biology, The Genetics Society and The Physiological Society.