Interact 2024 will take place on Thursday 19th September at Northumbria University, Newcastle

We are now accepting content proposals!

Do you have a great idea for a session at Interact? We’d love to hear from you! 

Deadline for submissions will be: 5pm, Monday 17 June 

Find out more and submit a session idea on the Interact website here

The Interact Symposium is a biennial conference for researchers and public engagement professionals in the physical sciences. Interact is a collaborative project and is co-organised by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, SEPnet, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Ogden Trust. 

Interact is a chance for this community to:

  • share experiences
  • gain new skills
  • learn new ways to engage with audiences
  • gain practical experience
  • see what else is out there that can help develop and deliver high-quality engagement.

“A key priority for Interact is to support and enable the physical sciences community to carry out impactful research linked engagement with audiences otherwise not provided with opportunities to access the sciences.”

The conference moves around the country and there is a different host university for each event.

Across the whole series longitudinal evaluation is being carried out to assess it’s impact across physical sciences engagement, and identify areas in which more support is needed. 

Past Events

Interact 2022

Interact 2022 was held in Cardiff on the 14th September, with an evening reception on the 13th. The conference programme is available to download here, and evaluation reports will be published in due course. 

For Interact 2022 we had some delegates acting as Roving Reporters who wrote up their experiences of the day to enable sharing beyond the conference. A report has been compiled from there observations which is available here.

V-Interact (2021)

Interact 2021 was delayed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an online ‘mini-conference held in it’s stead. The conference programme can be found here.

Interact 2019

Interact 2019 was held at UCLAN on the 4th September with an evening reception on the 3rd. The phase one and phase two evaluation reports are available to download. 

Interact 2017

Interact 2017 was held in Birmingham. The phase one and phase two evaluation reports are available to download.