I have personally found the London Public Engagement Network a hugely useful place to talk about work challenges and get support. Our sister network London Sci-Comm Socials is also a great place to meet a wider group of professionals linked to engagement (I’ve met a few historians there too so its not even just scientists and science communicators!). However, these networks are both based in London so what do you do if London isn’t the centre of your universe?
Here is a list of regional and national networks suggested by attendees to this years Engage conference:
- British Science Association UK Science Festivals Network
- BIG STEM Communicators Network
- Sci-Comm Socials – These happen all over the country, here is the handy list.
- Global Health Bio-Ethics Network
- ART-HUM ring (Research Impact Group)
- Museums and Participation Network (Brand new!)
- Clinical Researchers Network
- NCOP (National Collaborative Outreach Programme for Widening Participation)
- Shared Learning Group on Involvement
- Association of Science and Discovery Centres
- Group for Education in Museums
- Museums Association
- Institute of Physics Outreach and Public Engagement Network
- Science Oxford
- TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities)
- SEPNET (South East Physics Network)
- White Rose Centre (Consortium of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York)
- Campus Engage
The Campus Engage National Network has been set up to promote civic and community engagement as a core function of Higher Education on the island of Ireland, by better enabling Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), their staff and students across all disciplines, to engage with the needs of the communities they serve.
Hopefully this means you’ll never be without a network to turn to but if there isn’t one in your area and you’d like some advice on setting one up do contact us!
Also if you think we’ve missed an important network off the list pop it in the comments below!