PEARL Annual Report: Discover

Submit your articles NOW for Discover Issue 4

PEARL is looking for article submissions for the next issue of Discover. We’re asking you to share your stories, experiences and reports with us under one of our three categories, below.

Deadline for submissions: 5pm, Friday 28th January 2022

1. Events In The Spotlight

Lincolnshire boasts a huge variety of regular programmes of events, from the Lincolnshire Show and TEDx Brayford Pool, to the Pint of Science & Being Human Festivals. This category features those who’ve organised or delivered public engagement activity as part of these and other similar events.

Previous submissions included stories from those who have delivered content as part of the likes of the Lincoln Science Fayre, TEDx Brayford Pool, Café Scientifique, and the Being Human festival.

2. Publicly Engaged Research Projects 

This is the broadest of our three categories. Here we feature a wide variety of unique and exciting projects which engage specific public audiences in their research through a diverse range of formats. Each year we feature projects from across the University which cover a wide range of subject matter, aims and methods of engagement.

We have previously featured such projects as “There’s No Place Like Home”, led by Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald and Dr Kaya Davies Hayon, which used the creative approaches of music, poetry and photography to engage with a local community in London in a two-way dialogue about questions relating to migration, detention, hospitality and integration.

3. Engaging Thoughts

The Engaging Thoughts category is the reflective section of Discover. In this category, we’re looking to share stories, lessons, tips, and experiences that can give others an insight into what it’s like to do public engagement with research work.

Finding ways to meaningfully engage new audiences in research which positively impacts all those involved always requires a lot of hard work, creativity and ingenuity. As such, we are very keen to highlight stories which can give others an insight into the experience of being involved in public engagement with research, and in particular, what lessons you may have learnt along the way.

For articles in this category, here are some writing prompts for things we’d like see included:

  • What research was your activity about/based upon?
  • Why was it important to you to engage the public with your research in this way?
  • Who were your audience?
  • What was the impact on your audience?
  • What was your experience of delivering this activity?

For articles in this category, here are some writing prompts for things we’d like see included:

  • What were the public engagement aims of your project?
  • Who were your audience? What did you intend for them to gain from engaging in your research?
  • What was the approach you took to engage your audience in your work?
  • Why was it important to you to engage this particular audience in this research?
  • Where there any particular challenges you encountered when developing and/or delivering this project?
  • How did you evaluate the impact of your engagement?
  • What was the resulting benefit to you and your research?

For articles in this category, here are some suggestions for the types of article that we’d like to include:

  • What have you learnt from taking part in a public engagement project for the first time?
  • Can you share your experience of engaging with public audiences in a new setting or using new methods?
  • Do you feel that you have any key public engagement successes or failures that have aided your personal and/or professional growth?
  • Are you a public engagement veteran who can share insights about your approaches to evaluation, working collaboratively with creative and community partners, or how you manage engagement projects?

For more information on what we’re looking for and what to submit, please read our submission guidance

Upload articles and images through our online form

What is Discover?

Discover is the University of Lincoln’s annual review of activities and initiatives which engage wider society with research.

Discover shares, celebrates, informs and inspires people within and beyond the University about the remarkable range of activity taking place at Lincoln which engages people in research. This includes giving talks; contributing to exhibitions; running events; staging interactive activities; working with local businesses; organising focus groups; hosting debates; involving members of the public in research and much, much more. 

To read our latest review of public engagement with research at Lincoln, click the front cover image of Discover: Issue 3, to the right.

We have a limited quantity of printed copies of Discover. If you would like us to send you a hard copy, please click HERE to provide us with a few, brief details.


See below for previous issues of Discover. Click on the images below, or using these links: Discover Issue 1, Discover Issue 2

Discover: Issue 3

Discover: Issue 1

Discover: Issue 2