Past projects in the Science Communication Unit
Since 1997, we have worked on a diverse portfolio of projects with a long list of partners and funders. If you cannot find the project you are looking for, please contact us.
Our projects are organised under five themes, though they may bridge more than one category. View them below:
Science, technology and engineering
Exploring and facilitating relationships between natural science, technology, engineering and society.
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.
An engagement project which brought together creative, artistic and engineering skills to develop a semi-autonomous robot puppet.
The 'Robotic Visions' project aimed to provide a unique platform for two-way discussion and debate between young people and robotics researchers.
An interactive dialogue event, designed to stimulate the audience to think about and discuss advances in robotics.
A Royal Academy of Engineering project where engineers collaborated with zoologists to showcase how humans have learned from the ingenuity of nature.
To create a buzz around Astronomy and Earth Sciences leading up to the 200-year anniversary celebrations in 2020, the Royal Astronomical Society is funding various tranches of outreach and engagement activities all over the UK. We are carrying out the evaluation of these activities as part of a team led by Jenesys Associates.
The European Robotics League (ERL) is a novel common framework for two indoor robotics competitions, ERL Industrial Robots and ERL Service Robots, and one outdoor robotics competition, ERL Emergency Robots.
Robotics encompassed a broad range of academic disciplines including engineering, biology, neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence.
Health and wellbeing
Examining the ways that communication plays a role in health and wellbeing.
A dialogue event designed to stimulate debate into the personal, social and ethical issues of advances in medical genetics.
Evaluation of the Food for Life programme; a trans-national advocacy coalition on food, public health and sustainability in school and youth settings.
Evaluation of the Food Growing Schools London programme which sought to develop food growing in schools across London as a means of reconnecting communities with food, health and the environment.
Sustainability and the environment
Studying and enabling communication in areas related to sustainability and the environment.
This project sought to inspire young people to explore the scientific underpinning of climate change, as well as the societal issues that shape their landscape, and the ways that partnerships between different stakeholder groups can help to meet and support social needs.
Social science and art
Investigating public engagement in the social sciences and arts.
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.
A British Academy Small Research grant funded this project which was carried out within the Science Communication Unit.
The SCOOP project sought to support the efforts of the research community in the social sciences to reach policy makers.
Informal and formal learning
Research and practical projects that link science communication and education
Connected Communities is a cross-council Research Programme led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
This evaluation assessed the impact and influence of a pilot training course in education outreach.
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).
This in-depth public engagement research project involved a thorough investigation of best practice in science communication within generic venues.
This work investigated whether there are any observable impacts two years on from the Girls into Physics Action Research Project.
The Science Communication Unit conducted an evaluation of a strand of activities sponsored by the Wellcome Trust at the 2014 Latitude Festival.
In 2009, the Science Communication Unit undertook research producing a public engagement map.
A comic strip written by Emma Weitkamp to engage key stage 2 primary school children with science.
This landscape study researched the similarities and differences between the huge varieties of live science events.
This research focused on the data contained within the UK-wide STEM Directories to identify gaps and overlaps in provision.
This research focused on increasing knowledge of employer requirements for communication skills amongst UWE Bristol graduates.