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Public engagement shares the benefits of transformative research with wider society. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, participation and learning.

Public Engagement for All with Research at Lincoln (PEARL), is a new RCUK-funded project investigating how the university can improve its public engagement with research, and putting new strategies in place to do so. This project will be looking to find out more about what you think of public engagement with research, and what you’d like to see more of. In response to this there will be exciting new opportunities, a conference, grants, awards training, support, opportunities to join up with other researchers – explore this website for more about the project and the opportunities available.

Public Engagement with Research – Survey

Untitled design (5)PEARL Survey – What do members of the public think of opportunities available getting involved with research?
PEARL is running a survey asking about what members of the public think of the opportunities available for people beyond the university to get involved in its research. The University wants to know what you think, and what you’d like to see more of. Find out more & take part.

If you have colleagues, friends or family who may be interested in taking this survey and letting us know their thoughts, please share it far and wide, as the feedback really will help shape how public engagement with research happens at Lincoln, and beyond.


PEARL & Doctoral School at Engage 2018

On 29th and 30th November The Doctoral School and PEARL journeyed up to the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) annual conference Engage 2018 in Edinburgh to take part in workshops, talks and discussions offering development, learning and updates on public engagement with research.

Engage 2018 was themed around ‘Facing the Future; celebrating NCCPE’s 10th anniversary; and taking stock of the lessons learned’. Expert speakers shared their challenges for the future, including Darren Henley (Arts Council England) who asked ‘do we always know the message we want to share from our research?’ and challenged Universities to take society on a journey. Workshops offered a chance to discuss, develop and share practice. ‘Developing and delivering training for researchers’ allowed attendees to inspect ‘what works’ in delivering effective public engagement training, which will feed directly into our new PEARL training programme in 2019. This was followed by ‘Ethical dilemmas: Do we need to do more to manage risks?’, with discussion centred around identifying when engaged activities should go through ethical committees, and how clear, concise guidelines can be developed to support this.

A ‘poster and encounters party’ gave attendees from Universities and organisations worldwide a chance to discuss ideas, projects and practice. Caroline Riley presented the PEARL-funded University of Lincoln Research Garden run by the Doctoral School at Lincolnshire Show 2018, where researchers and young people came together to share current research projects. A buzz of discussion and interest surrounded the poster, with the project providing inspiration for other Universities. See the full programme for more information.


Meet Lindsey: She’ll Be Your Guide Today – 

Lindsey is a 5ft 2ins tall magenta robot equipped with sensors and cameras, programmed by robotics researchers from the University of Lincoln. She will be giving tours at The Collection for the next three years, finding the best routes around the museum, pausing at exhibits to offer facts and taking basic questions from visitors. Her functionality will develop autonomously over the three years as she learns new behaviours and trends from the people she interacts with.

“Despite all the progress in robotics research in the past years, taking a robot out of the lab and ‘into the wild’ of public space like ‘The Collection’ museum is still a most challenging endeavour. We hope to learn a lot about the requirements for robots engaging with the public and the specific ways visitors are interacting with the robot.” Marc Hanheide, Professor of Intelligent Robotics & Interactive Systems

The project is the beginning of a long-term partnership between Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln, advancing technology, supporting education and allowing people to engage with the latest digital advances.

“The Collection Museum is excited to be involved in this long term project with Lincoln University. Combining history and technology Lindsey will add a unique experience for people of all ages visiting the site, making learning about the past more engaging and interactive.” James Sharples, Business Transformation Manager at Lincolnshire County Council

Lindsey is the latest in a family of robots developed by the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems, with others working in warehouses, on farms, and care homes. Find out more here.


An Evening with Former NASA Astronaut Michael Foale CBE

Thursday 17th January 2019 | 7pm-9.30pm | University of Lincoln

Tickets are on sale now. To book, please visit this link.

A former NASA astronaut from Lincolnshire will return to the county to share a fascinating insight into his career as the most experienced British-born astronaut in the history of human space travel. Michael Foale CBE accrued 373 days in space, flew on six space shuttle missions and commanded the International Space Station. In 1995, he became the first Briton to perform a spacewalk – saving the Hubble telescope in the process. During his talk, the Louth-born astronaut will share memories, photos and video footage from his time in outer space, offer insights into what life is like on the International Space Station and reveal what it is like to experience a spacewalk. The event is a collaboration between non-profit organisation Pint of Science, the University of Lincoln and the International Space School Trust.


Great Lives talk series returns with Jason Bradbury

25th February 2019 | Booking & further details here

The 2019 Great Lives series will begin on Monday 25th February with the return of science and technology specialist, and former Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury, who will be discussing the latest technological innovations set to transform the way we live. Tickets available at this link, please find more information on the upcoming Great Lives 2019 series here.

Inaugural Professorial Lecture: Professor Simon Pearson – Future of British Agriculture

13th February 2019 | University of Lincoln | Booking & further details here

No-one can avoid the impact of Agriculture. It creates the food we eat, is a cornerstone of the rural economy and society but has a profound impact on the environment; consuming huge amounts of our natural resources.These impacts are conspicuous in Lincolnshire where 21% of the economic output is associated with “Agri-food”. In addition policy changes post Brexit will have a profound effect on agriculture across the UK and in Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire alone receives £128m of farm support from the Common Agricultural Policy and this is at risk.

This lecture provides an overview of the evolution of agriculture in the UK and provides perspectives on key future challenges, impacts of modern technology and how it and the landscape may evolve in the future.


Get Involved with Research

Can visual images improve emotions in older adults?

Researchers at the School of Life Sciences and Psychology are recruiting participants to take part in a Nestlé-funded study on how looking at images might impact people’s emotions. With your help, researchers hope to understand whether looking at specific images can affect the production of hormones and the way people feel, and how this knowledge can be used to help improve feelings of loneliness in older people.

 Participants will be asked to 1) observe varied images (e.g. animals, objects, abstract) on a screen, while a camera records their eye movements; 2) provide saliva samples into a vial for hormone measurements only; 3) reply to questionnaires on life views; 4) wear a heart rate monitor around their chest; 5) play a decision-making game on a tablet.

Participants requirements; aged 60 years or older; able to visit the University for a session of up to 1 hour 30 minutes; able to produce saliva into a vial; no uncorrected vision problems.

To book a place or ask a question contact Catia Caeiro at or 07581269930.

Participant call: older people and self funded care – Do you pay for your own care, and live in Lincolnshire?

Do you know somebody who pays for their own care, and who lives in Lincolnshire? Are they over 65? Do they have carers that help them at home? Do they pay for care themselves?

Researchers want to find out how easy or difficult it is to find the right kind of help. We would like to interview partcipants on three occasions and there will be about six months between each conversation. Interviews can take place at the participants home or at a location close to them and will be asking people to talk about their experiences of finding and paying for care.

After we have collected people’s experiences and views we will produce a report which local agencies can use to gain a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of paying for your own care and help.

To find out more please get in touch with Claire Markham on 01522 886121 | or Mo Ray 01522 886289 |