I am just returning from the second out of three courses on the NCCPE Engage Researchers’ Academy, where academics with a desire to do public engagement well, and share those insights with their colleagues, met together in Bristol for 2 days. We were focusing particularly this session on community engagement, ethical issues, and measuring impact.
We are asked to prepare before the course a couple of inputs, including sharing an ethical research dilemma and an overview of what we’ve been up to (public engagement wise) since the last workshop … I ran later preparing my Pecha Kucha on the train there …
There was no time within the workshop to add me in on top of the others already presenting, so I reworked the information into a poster for a lunchtime session, where 4 of us were available for others to ask more (so I was largely sharing about desire for positive uses of social media, and that a bid has gone into Macmillan to look at social media and cancer):
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I also have some notes from the wonderful Emma on other people’s Pecha Kucha’s, and have been promised that I will be sent the notes from the final session, as my body/brain had had it, and I had to head home early.
See the collected tweets from the event (around 110):
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.