2024 Programme

Thursday 19th September 2024, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Get Involved!

Do you have an idea for a session at Interact? Is it an interactive workshop where participants can get a flavor of your engagement project? Or do you want to have a round table exploring a challenge around doing engagement in the physical sciences? Do you want to share some reflections and learning from an engagement activity in a short talk? We’d love to hear from you! 

Deadline for submissions will be: 5pm, Monday 17 June 

We will get back to you by: Monday 22 July 

Session Types

This year we are offering six different types of sessions at the Interact Symposium. Have a look and see which one fits the session you’re thinking about.  

  • Lightning talk. 
  • Workshop.  
  • Co-creation session. 
  • Skills building session.  
  • A round table discussion.   
  • A debate. 

Have a read through the guidelines here and then submit a session here. If your plan doesn’t quite fit one of these, drop us a line at Interact@stfc.ukri.org and we’ll arrange for you to chat with one of the project partners.  


We will be looking for sessions based on the following themes: 

  • Evaluation and impact
    Effective evaluation and how to demonstrate impact. Developing formative practice to understand your communities, reflective practice and what constitutes high-quality public engagement. A safe space for what didn’t go as planned!
  • Reaching audiences underrepresented in the Physical Sciences
    Developing long-term community partnerships, active listening and learning, creating equitable engagement. Challenging stereotypes and assumptions within engagement practice.
  • Engagement mediums and practice
    Developing engagement opportunities that are accessible. Exploring different engagement methods and mediums. Creating strategic long-term programmes of engagement. Exploring learning across in-person, hybrid, and online engagement. Developing ethical practice.
  • Planning for the long-term: Funding routes for engagement and strategic planning
    Funding routes and application processes. What makes a successful application? What are alternative routes for funding? Funding your pilots. Aligning projects to institutional / national strategies. Developing opportunities. Establishing long-term funding within your institution.   

“A key priority for Interact is to support and enable the physical sciences community to carry out impactful research linked engagement with audiences otherwise not provided with opportunities to access the sciences.”

Symposium Partners