Have you been involved in an innovative, exciting or impactful public engagement project? Is there someone is your SEPnet department who has a long history of supporting and delivering public engagement projects? Or someone who’s just started out and whose enthusiasm is infectious and encourages others to take part? Is your research group fantastic in supporting public engagement?
Now’s your chance to celebrate these achievements! SEPnet is launching their 2017 Public Engagement Awards and needs your help recognising the best of public engagement across the network. We are recognising work across three categories, individuals, projects and research groups:
The nominations in each of these categories should be for a single particular project either run by an individual or a team. Projects would have been run within the last two years, or had some form of output, outcome or long-term impact since September 2015.
Projects nominated for Project Awards can include researchers from outside SEPnet and / or physics research, as long as at least one member of the project’s core team is based at a SEPnet Institution (including the associate members) and is carrying out physics research.
Innovation Project Award
This award recognises projects which have delivered interesting and innovative ways in which the public has engaged with physics research. Nominated projects will have had a target public, set aims & objectives, and an evaluation measuring outcomes and if appropriate long-term impact. Projects can include any form of engagement based on physics research with any audience.
Impact Project Award
Projects will have generated long-term impact from their research through any channel involving engaging with the public – including knowledge transfer, working with user groups, debates and many more.
The nominations for each award in this category should be for a single individual based at a SEPnet Partner, including the Associate Members, Reading, St Mary’s and Oxford, who is carrying out some form of physics research.
This award recognises an individual’s ability to communicate their own research through different channels including broadcast media (television, radio or film), writing for print or online journalism and public speaking (festivals, lectures, debates or panel discussions).
This award recognises an individual’s record of sustained (at least ten years) of excellence in engaging the public with research through a range of engagement activities and audiences.
This award recognises an individual who is new to engagement and have made an impact that could include any type of engagement activity or project linked to their research.
Research Group Awards:
For the purpose of the awards a research group is defined as a collection of academics, normally based within a single department at one of the SEPnet Partner or Associate Institutions, working in an emerging or established area of expertise. This should line up with how your institution defines a research group. Nominations can be written by anyone within the research group but must have the approval of their head of group.
Research Group Award
This award recognises a research group that has a well embedded culture of public engagement based on their research.
- School’s Outreach activities not based on research are not eligible for any award.
- Projects, individuals and research groups can be nominated for more than one award however a nomination form for each award is required.
- Projects, individuals and research groups can be nominated in successive years for the same award. However winners will not receive the same award twice.
- Each award has their own form.
- Outreach Officers, Public Engagement staff and anyone working on Outreach or Public Engagement at 0.5FTE or higher are ineligible for the Individual Awards.
- Nominations must be received by midday on Monday 16 October 2017.
Click here for full details on the criteria for all awards.
Awards will be presented on Wednesday November 18 at Prince Phillip House in central London, following the Student Expo.
For more details please see your local SEPnet Outreach Officer or email email@example.com