University of Dundee

ScotPEN Annual Gathering 2021

The Scottish Public Engagement Network (ScotPEN) is a group dedicated to supporting practitioners of public engagement across Scotland, both within higher education and without. We have over 700 members from a variety of backgrounds, and every year we hold an annual gathering with sessions dedicated to skills development, networking and sharing of good practice.

This year our gathering will be virtual, which allows us to hold even more ambitious and exciting sessions.

Please find below the schedule for the 2021 Annual Gathering. Some sessions have limited capacity and will be available on a first-come first-served basis. If you are part of an institutional team we urge you to discuss with your colleagues and plan who will attend limited sessions. Sessions marked with a (Rec) will be recorded and available for ScotPEN members to view for up to a month after the session.

 

TUESDAY AUGUST 17

10:00 AM

(20 MINS)

Welcome & Introduction

Mhairi Stewart, President of the ScotPEN commmittee, offers a welcome to all attendees.

Capacity: unlimited

Moderator: Erin Hardee

11:00 AM

(45 MINS)

Inclusive Practice Panel (Rec)

A panel focusing on inclusive practice, with speakers from across Scotland showcasing innovative and inclusive projects with a variety of groups. Audience questions welcome!

Capacity: unlimited

Moderator: Ali Floyd

Inclusive Practice panel sign up link

1 PM

(45 MINS)

Networking Session 

Come along to an informal networking session to meet other public engagement professionals and share your hopes for the Annual Gathering. Questions will be provided to prompt discussion and sharing.

Capacity: unlimited

Moderator: Becky Hothersall

Interactive networking Wonder link
 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18

11:15 AM

(45 MINS)

Journal Club Session: Research in Engagement: what, why and where?

Many of us as Public Engagement Professionals (PEPs) will work with researchers whose lives revolve around publishing in peer reviewed journals to share their practice and advance their field, so why is publishing such a commodity in the Public Engagement Sector?

What research needs to be done to support us in our roles, and where should we be publishing this to make it accessible for other PEPs, and the variety of stakeholders we work with?

Join the ScotPEN Journal Club working group for an interactive session aiming to identify the research and publishing gaps in our sector, and how we can fill them in the best way possible to support and enrich our projects.

Capacity: 40

Moderator: Mhairi Stewart

Journal Club Session sign up link

2:30 PM

(90 MINS with break)

SWEA Researcher Stories (Rec)

The ScotPEN Wellcome Engagement Award (SWEA) has been an experiment in devolving funding decisions to local networks. Come hear about the funded projects and lessons learned from the researchers and project coordinators.

Capacity: unlimited

Moderator: Barbara Gorgoni

SWEA Stories sign up link
 

THURSDAY AUGUST 19

12 PM

(90 MINS)

Lunchtime Crafting Session - Lazing on a sunny crafternoon

Come along and share your crafting passion with others and decompress from the week. Kirsty Ross, Sarah Cosgriff and Lizzie Burns will facilitate a chilled-out session open to all skill levels.

If you would like to join in Lizzie Burns' guided origami for wellbeing, please have some paper to hand. If you have other crafting pursuits, have them nearby.

Capacity: 45

Moderator: Amy Cameron

Lunchtime crafting sign up link

3 PM

(45 MINS)

Networking Session - with guest Astronomer Royal Catherine Heymans

Come along to an informal networking session to meet other public engagement professionals and share your reflections on the sessions so far. Newly-appointed Astronomer Royal Catherine Heymans will be a guest.

Capacity: unlimited

Moderator: Erin Hardee

Interactive networking Wonder link
 

FRIDAY AUGUST 20

10:00 AM

(90 MINS with break)

The Art of Engagement (Rec)

Collaboration between PEPs, researchers, and artists can be an amazing way of reaching new audiences. These collaborations aren't without challenge, though.

In this session Emily Fong, digital artist in residence at the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, will introduce a smorgasbord of artists and ideas. We hope you'll find the session fun and fascinating, and feel inspired to begin on your own art/research collaboration journey.

Capacity: 100

Moderator: Ali Floyd/Ailsa Mackintosh

Artist Discussion sign up link
  Want to present a project? Sign up here: Project Sharing presenter sign up link

1:00 PM

(45 MINS)

Project Sharing Session 2

This past year has been like no other, and we've learned a lot while dealing with the unexpected challenges of lockdown, online engagement and working from home. Come along to hear from members who will be sharing project successes (and points of learning) from the past year.

Capacity: 4 presenters; unlimited audience

Moderator: Ailsa Mackintosh

Project Sharing Session 2 sign up link

 
 

MONDAY AUGUST 23

10:30 AM 

(45 MINS)

Coffee Morning

Drop in, say hello, and prepare for the week ahead! An informal and friendy networking space.

Capacity: unlimited

Moderator: Fiona Murray

Interactive networking Wonder link

1:00 PM

(90 MINS with break)

Simple Politics Panel (Rec)

The Simple Politics team work to convey complicated and contradictory information in a clear and engaging fashion. With over half a million followers across various social media platforms - many from just the last year - they have a unique view in growing online audiences and responding to public need. What lessons can we learn from the past year's challenges?

Capacity: 100

Moderator: Erin Hardee

Simple Politics sign up link
 

TUESDAY AUGUST 24

10:30 AM

(90 MINS with break)

Sarah Bearchell Session - Inclusive Engagement (Rec)

When you run a drop-in, you never know who will turn up - and you definitely don't want to turn anyone away! But how can you make your activity work for everyone? Sarah has a wealth of experience in creating hands-on activities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND); both in-person and online. In this session, she will share her experience of making accessible science activities, with ideas which transfer to all sectors.

If you'd like to join in with an experiment (of course you would!) you'll need: 

tray, tumbler 1/3 full of vinegar with (optional) food colouring/paint added, teaspoon, bicarb, washing up liquid, kitchen roll.

Capacity: 40

Moderator: Erin Hardee

Sarah Bearchell workshop sign up link

2:30 PM

(45 MINS)

Project Sharing Session 3

This past year has been like no other, and we've learned a lot while dealing with the unexpected challenges of lockdown, online engagement and working from home. Come along to hear from members who will be sharing project successes (and points of learning) from the past year.

Capacity: 4 presenters; unlimited audience

Moderator: Richa Sharma

Project Sharing Session 3 sign up link
  Want to present a project? Sign up here: Project Sharing sign up link
 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25

10:00 AM

(45 MINS)

Networking Session 

Come along to an informal networking session to meet other public engagement professionals and share your reflections on the sessions so far. Questions from session leaders will be provided to prompt discussion and sharing.

Capacity: unlimited

Moderator: Alison Caldecott

Interactive networking Wonder link

2:00 PM

(90 MINS with break)

CANCELLED - Community Group Networking Session

Working with community groups is a mainstay of good public engagement practice. This session invites community groups from all over Scotland to share their missions with us, and then allows for some informal networking time to encounter potential partnerships and future projects.

Capacity: 50

Moderator: Erin Hardee

 
 

THURSDAY AUGUST 26

9:30 AM

(90 MINS with break)

Makaton Workshop (Rec)

Sharon Tonner-Saunders talks about her innovative project Hands of the World, combining music and Makaton signing to engage with young people all across the globe. She and her students will lead participants in an interactive workshop designed to introduce the concept of Makaton and get you signing - and singing - in no time!

Capacity: 40

Moderator: Erin Hardee

Introduction to Makaton sign up link

12:00 noon

(45 MINS)

Final Round-up

What have you learned during the Gathering? What changes might you make to your practice going forward? Join us in summarising key points from the past fortnight and sharing your goals and plans for the year ahead.

Capacity: unlimited

Moderator: Erin Hardee

Final round-up MS Teams link

19:00PM

(2 HOURS with break)

Social Session - PowerPoint Party

Powerpoint parties are a space for people to share their passions and interests with each other in short, 3-minute presentations - with slides, of course! Sign up to share, or just come along as an audience member. Either way it's bound to be an entertaining and educational evening!

Capacity: Presenters: 8; audience: unlimited

Moderator: Erin Hardee

PowerPoint Party sign up link
  Interested in presenting? Sign up here: sign up link