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Postgraduate Bioethics Workshop: Critically Engaging The Public - Why, Who, and How?

Public Engagement (PE) is an increasingly important aspect of research. Not only do funders expect researchers to engage with the public, but more and more researchers are motivated by a professional interest in and personal responsibility for communicating their research with non-academics. The fields of bioethics, medical law, and medical humanities, in particular, offer great opportunities for public engagement as they raise burning issues of broader societal interest.

 

What is your motivation for engaging lay people? Who should you engage within your research? And how should you do so? Being committed to build a bioethics community that is attentive towards the needs of junior researchers, the IME Postgraduate Student Bioethics Committee is running an introductory workshop to help postgraduate students plan, organize, and deliver their own public engagement events.

 

Funded by the Wellcome Trust and led by experienced academics Dr Sarah Chan and Dr Gill Haddow from the Wellcome Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society (University of Edinburgh), this workshop will include both talks and group activities. During this workshop we will adopt a critical approach towards public engagement to answer the following questions:

 

•What is PE and what events constitute PE in bioethics, medical law, and medical humanities?


•Why should PE matter to postgraduate students in the fields of bioethics, medical law, and medical humanities?


•Who should postgraduate researchers in bioethics, medical law, and medical humanities engage with?


•How should postgraduate researchers in bioethics, medical law, and medical humanities conduct and evaluate their PE events?


•What role does PE play in building the new generation of researchers working in bioethics, medical law, and medical humanities?


We will discuss some examples of successful public engagement activities and you will be encouraged to reflect on how what you have learnt applies to your own research.

 

For more information, please contact the workshop organizers: Arianna Manzini ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Louise Austin ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

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Who is it for? Postgraduate students working in the field of bioethics, medical law, medical humanities, and the like

 

Where? University of Edinburgh (venue tbc)

 

When? 14th September 2018

 

Speakers: Dr Sarah Chan (Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society), Dr Gill Haddow (Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society), Jessica Lorimer (University of Oxford)

Cost and register: Registration is free. It includes dinner the night before the workshop, and one-night accommodation. We have a limited number of places available so please apply early to ensure your attendance by completing this application form. Deadline for applying to the event is 15th August 2018.

 

Bursary application: We will cover travel and one additional night accommodation up to £100 (students within the United Kingdom and Ireland) or up to £200 (students outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland) per bursary winner. If you want to apply for a bursary please click here. Deadline for applying for bursaries is 15th August 2018.