I have recently agreed to help organise the New Ideas Festival at Lancaster University; a public engagement event taking place from November 21st-26th 2011. The festival is an opportunity for Lancaster citizens to learn about some of the research interests of Lancaster University staff and PhD students and aims to foster closer ties between academics and the public. Several events are running throughout the week including:
- A poster exhibition in the town square (Saturday Nov 26th from 10 am – 2 pm)
- Visits to local high schools (a 20 min presentation to around 20-40 14-16 year olds on the student’s research topic and the benefits of higher education. Each PhD will visit 2 schools on 1 day).
- A two hour pecha-kucha night (PKN) at the Storey Institute on Nov 26th. ‘Pecha-kucha’ is when each person talks for 20 seconds about each of their 20 slides. The limited time frame of 6:40 ensures that the talks are quite interesting and engaging. The first hour of the pecha-kucha features about ten speakers whilst the second will focus on Q&A’s from the audience and open discussions
I am really looknig forward to the event and to the opportunity to share my research with non-academic audiences, something that blogging helps to do as well! I consider this fantastic training for widening the impact of my work and it is also great for building my CV as well. There is lots of social media attached to the event and if you are interested in finding out more, you can visit Facebook (Lancaster University’s New Ideas Festival) and Twtitter (follow newideasfest) for updates.