Public Engagement for Research

Our Activities

Salford University is the lead educational partner for Manchester Science Festival, which is organised by the Science and Industry Museum to create innovative, inspiring and educational experiences around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. In past festivals we have showcased innovative sci-art experiences created with our industrial and artistic partners. We look forward to taking part again in this year’s festival, which runs from 21 – 30 October 2022.

Professor Helen Marshall, Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford said of this year’s Festival:

“The relationship between the University of Salford and Manchester Science Festival goes to the heart of our mission as a University—to collaborate with partners to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.  

“Manchester Science Festival is a perfect example of how we can engage with a wide range of audiences and remind people that science can make lives better. A place of innovation, surprise and meaning, where curiosity is ignited. Curiosity and learning should never stop and should never be out of reach, no matter your age, background, education, gender or ethnicity. 

“Collaboration and experimentation are at the heart of this festival. It brings us closer together, creating long-lasting partnerships, which is why we love being part of it. This year’s programme is packed with activities to make people look, listen and learn and provides a wonderful opportunity for people to be inspired by science.”

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The Festival of Social Science is a national event now in its 20th year. Salford partners with the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University to produce a local programme of events to showcase recent developments in social science research across the Greater Manchester area. Past events have covered contemporary themes including ageing and health, education, virtual reality and AI. The focus of the Festival in 2022 will be ‘Our Local Area’ and we will be celebrating all things Salford!

The festival engages the wider community through a variety of mechanisms including interactive workshops, exhibitions, participatory research and debates. This enables us to showcase our research and also to seek feedback from our local community to contribute to our current research projects and to shape our future research agenda.

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The Institute was launched in 2014 to conduct vital research and community engagement work into living well with dementia. It brings together an interdisciplinary team of academics drawn from the sciences, technology, arts and humanities and social science to undertake research into dementia in the areas of creativity, technology and the environment.

Academics work closely with a panel of Dementia Associates, who have direct experience of living with, or supporting someone who is living with, dementia. Through co-production, Dementia Associates contribute to setting the Institute’s research agenda and to the organisation of conferences and engagement events.

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Established in 2014, The #SciComm Space develops, supports, and delivers public engagement events, experiences, and projects across the University, most recently launching the University Research Podcast. Working in partnership with teams across the University, the Space has pioneered creative, immersive events that have brought together the University in public engagement collaboration.