Sharing and explaining our science has always been recognised as an integral part of the remit and responsibility of all our scientists. We are keen to communicate our passion for scientific research to members of the public, to people of all ages and from all educational backgrounds. We are eager to invite you into the world of discovery – a world that is primarily funded by you - and introduce you to how we work, what we hope to achieve and help you to understand how together we are changing lives.
To us, public engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the aim of sharing mutual benefit. By engaging with each other we hope to learn as much from you as you do about us – we believe that this is the best way forward for true social and scientific progress.
Our Public Engagement Projects aspire to create a culture of knowledge sharing and communication by accessing the widest possible audience through a variety of technological and artistic media ensuring that the understanding of science is delivered in a variety of novel and stimulating ways. We celebrate public engagement in the School with an annual award, the Brian Cox Prize for Public Engagement.
"It is hardly necessary to argue, these days, that science is essential to the public. It is becoming equally true, as the support of science moves more and more to state and national sources, that the public is essential to science. The lack of general comprehension of science is thus dangerous both to science and the public, these being interlocked aspects of the common danger that we will not be given the freedom, the understanding, and the support that are necessary for vigorous and imaginative development."
Warren Weaver, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, speaking to the AAAS in 1955