PEARL 2019 Conference
At PEARL 2019 Conference Speakers and PEARL 2018-19 Grant-holders inspired staff and students with the exciting diversity of topics and activities engaging the public in research at Lincoln, sharing the importance and meaning of engaged research in each of their contexts.
University of Lincoln Journalism student Douglas M Worth shares his experience of the day.
PEARL – or Public Engagement for All with Research at Lincoln – held its second annual conference on Wednesday, coinciding with the launch of its new website.
Sarah Harris, PEARL research assistant and one of the architects of the event, said: “We are delighted to have run a second successful PEARL Conference – it was fantastic seeing speakers and contributors from so many different backgrounds, stages and activities share and celebrate the outstanding range of public engagement with research activities that take place at the University of Lincoln.
“Many staff and students carry out fantastic activities and projects that invite the public to consult on, develops, learn from and share in their research. “This shapes research to ensure we are asking the right questions, ensures new knowledge is shared, inspires new partnerships, projects and questions, and much more.”
The event showcased 12 speakers in 10-minute rapid-fire research presentations showcasing activities that staff, students and collaborators had conducted engaging the public with research.
Topics ranged from agri-forests, RAF 100 Augmented reality, 1960s English council estates, sustainability of pubs in rural communities, and the experiences of gender stereotyping.
Professor Carenza Lewis, Professor for the Public Understanding of Research at Lincoln, announced the 11 new PEARL grant-funded projects for this year’s public engagement research. These include dog ownership, languages in Lincoln, air quality issues on school runs and climate change on the River Witham.
At the end was a further opportunity to showcase current projects, ask questions, network and discuss public engagement with research at Lincoln during a poster presentation and wine reception ;
“Seeing so many staff and students in animated conversation was very exciting for us and we hope it offered a chance for staff and students to discuss ideas, be inspired and potentially join up on projects or create new partnerships.”
Original article published on LSJ news available here.