An established and embedded part of the research landscape, impact and public engagement are about telling the story of your research in a way that can be understood by an audience that is new to your field of study and disseminating that information or knowledge to reach audiences outside of academia. From there, the measure of how far a reach or influence the research then has is broadly what you can consider it’s impact*
This month’s focus is by no stretch an experts’ guide but may start you thinking about ways in which you can communicate your research to a non-specialist audience and how you start to be aware of measuring its impact.
Arts and Humanities researchers can get involved in public engagement is various ways. It can be a live event or exhibition, providing the expert analysis on a news item or documentary or a related term, community engagement – going to schools or running open days. Here’s a few examples:
Elly Clarke ‘HOW ARE YOU?’ #Sergina’s Live Participatory Soap Opera about Wrestling with Wellbeing in the Digital Age that took place at ONCA in Brighton in October 2019.
Upcoming at ONCA: LOUD + CLEAR | 29 February – 7 March
Ana da Silva
Elly Clarke (Sergina)
Curated by Nadia Buyse (DUBAIS)
As mentioned in last month’s blog post, film is an excellent way to reach a wide audience and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) hold their Research in Film Awards which showcase new and emerging talent in filmmaking linked to the arts and humanities and celebrate the best of a growing number of high-quality short films that bring arts and humanities research to a wider public audience.
The call is usually opened up in spring, so you may want to sign up to the AHRC mailing list to be alerted as soon as the call opens.