Public Engagement in 2015

Sharing our research with the general public, local community and patient groups is an important part of what we do. We want to help you to understand our work, to feel that it is important enough to investigate and to feel that you can ask us about it, take part in it or just comment on it whenever you like.

We have been involved in a lot of public engagement events since MIRAGE was invented in 2008. Our most recent events are listed below, but you can see a list of previous years’ events here. If you want to know more just write to us on the Contact Us page.

2015 Invited Events

The Big Bang Fair – Science and Engineering Fair
We have become a permanent fixture at the British Psychological Society’s stand at Big Bang Events, running hands-on demonstrations and interacting with children and adults. This year we stretched over 4,000 fingers.

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Tash, Ellen, Mark (with bed hair), Hayley and Roger. Left: blissfully unaware; right: totally swamped.

Edinburgh International Science Festival
The World of Illusions event was an adults-only night of short talks with interactive demonstrations held at Camera Obscura as part of the International Edinburgh  Science Festival.

Cheltenham Science Festival
Format to be decided.

Royal Institution riLates
This event was the second instalment of the Royal Institution’s new series of adults-only evening events filled with fantastic talks and interactive demonstrations.

Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity Festival of Science and CuriositySmall
This festival was a new community event run in collaboration with the city council inside a major shopping centre and was designed to engage difficult-to-reach audiences. More…

Thinking Differently 
“Thinking Differently” was a workshop on autism held at Fernwood School, Nottingham which included talks and interactive demonstrations for parents, students and professionals.

Imagineer
This was the Lincoln Crowd’s first public engagement outing of the year which looked great fun. There was even a dalek. Click here: Lincoln at Imagineer

Public Engagement projects

Bringing multisensory illusions to the public (2013-15). This project, funded by the British Psychological Society and carried out in association with researchers from the University of Edinburgh, installed an interactive MIRAGE at the Camera Obscura visitor attraction in Edinburgh.