Past projects

Since 1997 we have worked on a diverse portfolio of projects with a long list of partners and funders. Projects which are no longer available on our website frequently have materials stored in the British Science Association Collective Memory. If you cannot find the project you are looking for, please contact us.


An EU-funded outdoor robotics competition, in which teams from around the world were invited to test the intelligence and autonomy of their robots in realistic, demanding mock emergency-response scenarios.

Science Live

This landscape study researched the similarities and differences between the huge varieties of live science events.

Latitude Festival Evaluation 2014

The Science Communication Unit conducted an evaluation of a strand of activities sponsored by the Wellcome Trust at the 2014 Latitude Festival.

Robots vs Animals

A Royal Academy of Engineering project where engineers collaborated with zoologists to showcase how humans have learned from the ingenuity of nature.

Evidence for Informal Science Learning

Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, the Science Communication Unit carried out research in 2013 to identify evidence on informal learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).


The SCOOP project sought to support the efforts of the research community in the social sciences to reach policy makers.

Robotic Visions

The 'Robotic Visions' project aimed to provide a unique platform for two-way discussion and debate between young people and robotics researchers.

Heart Robot

An engagement project which brought together creative, artistic and engineering skills to develop a semi-autonomous robot puppet.

Meet the Gene Machine

A dialogue event designed to stimulate debate into the personal, social and ethical issues of advances in medical genetics.


A comic strip written by Emma Weitkamp to engage key stage 2 primary school children with science.

Robot Thought

An interactive dialogue event, designed to stimulate the audience to think about and discuss advances in robotics.

Evaluation of the Royal Society Education Outreach Training Course

This evaluation assessed the impact and influence of a pilot training course in education outreach.

Strategic Development of Communication Training

This research focused on increasing knowledge of employer requirements for communication skills amongst UWE graduates.

Evaluation of Connected Communities Public Dialogue Activity

Connected Communities is a cross-council Research Programme led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

ESRC Festival of Social Science Scoping Study

A small study of the ESRC Festival of Social Science from 2006 to 2011 which reviewed the successes and the benefits over time, as well as developing learning points for future events.

Generic Venues

This in-depth public engagement research project involved a thorough investigation of best practice in science communication within 'generic venues.

Girls into Physics: Two Years On

This work investigated whether there are any observable impacts two years on from the Girls into Physics Action Research Project.

Public Engagement Map

In 2009 the Science Communication Unit undertook research producing a public engagement map.

STEM Directories Gap Analysis

This research focused on the data contained within the UK-wide STEM Directories to identify gaps and overlaps in provision.

Talking Robots

Robotics encompassed a broad range of academic disciplines including engineering, biology, neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence.

Negotiated Boundaries

A British Academy Small Research grant funded this project which was carried out within the Science Communication Unit.

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