There are a number of ways researchers can engage with Bath Taps into Science. We have laid out a number of options below that you may wish to be involved with and use in your Pathways to Impact section of grant proposals, much of the information is targeted towards University of Bath researchers, but could be relevant for other institutions as well. Get in contact with us if you have any questions.Impact Brochure

The options are:

There are other options and ways of working with Bath Taps into Science, such as promotion through social media, blogging opportunities and much more. Contact Chris or Andrew to discuss this in more detail. 

 

Option 1:

Design and present a stand at the Schools and/or Family Science Fairs

Description of option

This option will allow you to present at one or both of the Science fairs that are part of the Bath Taps into Science Festival.  You will have a stand and present your research in an interactive manner for primary school students and/or the general public (usually families with young children). You will be able to talk about the impact of your research on people’s everyday lives and show why research in your area is so important.

Presenting at the science fairs at Bath Taps will also be good preparation for larger national and international science fairs such as the Big Bang Fair, the British Science Festival The Royal Society Summer exhibition.

See the call page for more information and details of how to apply for your place.Researchers

 

Option 2:

 Design and present a workshop or talk for school students

 Description of option

Designing and delivering a workshop or talk to school students will allow you to teach school students about your research in an interactive way. You will design a workshop or talk that is interactive and teaches the students about key concepts and key findings of your research in fun and engaging way. Workshops or talks can be designed for any age group and promoted as part of the Festival. Booking schools can be done by you and your team or can be handled by the Bath Taps into Science team allowing you more time to design and deliver the activities.

The Widening Participation (WP) Office have recently purchased an Outreach Van which is available for researchers to use to transport equipment to schools to deliver workshops. See the University wiki pages for more information

See the call page for more information and details of how to apply for your place. workshop

Option 3:

Use the visitors to the Science Fairs as participants in your research

Description of option

This option would allow you to use the visitors to the Schools Science Fair and/or the Family Science Fair as participants in your research. The Schools Science Fair would give you access to over 1200 primary school children in one place on one day, and the family fair access to over 2000 members of the public (mainly families) on one day. You may undertake any ethically approved research and could involve visitors completing questionnaires or doing their own data collection in the form of citizen science. This was successfully achieved in 2015  by members of the Education Department who collected questionnaire responses from the Family Science Fair see http://bathedresearch.weborium.net/blog/bath-taps-science for more detail. 

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What you will need to do

  1. Decide on the research you wish to undertake
  2. Get ethical approval for the research
  3. Register your request on the registration form and select participatory research when asked. 
  4. Design your data collection methods
  5. Enjoy the events and collect your data
  6. Promote your involvement in Bath Taps into Science through blogs, social media, website posts and press releases
  7. Share the published results of your research with the Bath Taps into Science team so they can promote it

 Support

  • The Bath Taps into Science Team can support with the logistics of the Science Fairs and guidance with the expected audience.
  • The Research and Innovation Service can support with writing Bath Taps into Science into your ‘Pathways to Impact’ statement in grant proposals. 

  

 Option 4:

 Design and present a public lecture

Description of option

Designing and delivering a lecture to the general public will allow you to disseminate results of your research to people of all ages who have an interest in your research area. You will design a lecture that teaches the audience about key concepts and key findings of your research in an engaging way. Lectures will be promoted as part of the Festival, the bookings can be done by you and your team or can be handled by the Bath Taps into Science team allowing you more time to design and deliver the lecture. The Bath Taps into Science team can also support with the logistics and promotion of the lecture including sourcing a venue and designing posters and promoting on social media.

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What you will need to do

  1. Decide on a topic for your lecture
  2. Get a team of people together to design the talk (if required)
  3. Read the ‘Information for Presenters: Talks and Workshops’ leaflet on bathtapsintoscience.com
  4. Design your lecture including demonstrations and PowerPoint (as required)
  5. Register your lecture on our form and tell us whether you would like us to manage the bookings
  6. Promote the lecture
  7. Enjoy delivering your lecture
  8. Promote your involvement in Bath Taps into Science through blogs, social media, website posts and press releases

 Support

  • The Bath Taps into Science team can offer support and guidance on preparing your lecture, please get in touch with us if you have any questions.
  • The Public Engagement Unit can support with how to present your research to different audiences
  • The Research and Innovation Service can support with writing Bath Taps into Science into your ‘Pathways to Impact’ statement in grant proposals. 

Option 5:

Organise your own event and promote it as part of the festival

Description of option

If you are running your own events, activities, talks etc. as part of your annual programme of activities (either on or off campus) then you can promote them as part of the Bath Taps into Science Festival. We will produce a festival brochure which will be sent out to schools and members of the public that have registered an interest on bathtapsintoscience.com or who have been to a Bath Taps into Science event in the past. We aim to print around 2000 brochures which will be given out across the city before the festival and at all the events during the festival.

You can use the festival brochure as a method of promoting your event or the Bath Taps into Science team can support you by managing bookings and/or logistics such as sourcing venues.

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 What you will need to do

  1. Register your event on our form and tell us whether you would like us to manage the bookings
  2. Promote your event
  3. Enjoy delivering your event
  4. Promote your involvement in Bath Taps into Science through blogs, social media, website posts and press releases
 
Support
  • The Bath Taps into Science team can offer support and guidance on preparing your event, please get in touch with us if you have any questions.
  • The Public Engagement Unit can support with how to present your research to different audiences
  • The Research and Innovation Service can support with writing Bath Taps into Science into your ‘Pathways to Impact’ statement in grant proposals. 

 

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