Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Beltane Brunch: Dilemmas Cafe on Ethics in Public Engagement @ Room 1.19
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

This event is an opportunity to develop your thoughts around any ethical dilemmas you may have encountered when undertaking public engagement with research.

The format (and the image to the right!) is borrowed from Durham University’s Centre for Social Justice and Community Action. At this event, the format will be used to:

  • Raise awareness of the ethical challenges involved in undertaking public engagement with research
  • Listen to, question and learn from those who have encountered challenges
  • Develop some recommendations for action

Who’s this for?

The session is open to anyone involved with research at universities in Edinburgh, plus anyone interested in working with researchers at universities in Edinburgh. We need several people to present dilemmas in order for the session to work. However, you are also welcome to come to listen to others – a dilemma is not a pre-requisite!

Will the information be confidential?

The session will take place under Chatham House rules (participants will be free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed). For all dilemmas presented, the names of people and places must be kept anonymous in the session (as far as is practical).

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas bootcamp 2: Stagecraft @ Stand Comedy Club
Jun 22 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

This is the second of two half-day bootcamps for 2018 Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas performers and supporters.

This will be a practical workshop with experienced Edinburgh fringe performer and professional MC, Susan Morrison. It is a chance to get tips for managing nerves and practising that all-important microphone technique before you take to the boards of the Edinburgh Fringe! There will also be an opportunity to finalise details of your show format.

While you’re waiting, please also check out our webpages for 2018 performers and supporters, and consider joining our Facebook group!

NCCPE Engage Conference @ Edinburgh
Nov 29 @ 9:00 am – Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm

Framing new futures for public engagement

At the Engage Conference this year we’ll celebrate the NCCPE’s 10 year anniversary and take stock of the lessons learned. We’ll build on work to date to consider: where next for university public engagement? Weaving in stories from people who have been working to embed public engagement in their practice and institutions – and with provocation from outside the sector –  join us to plot an exciting future for public engagement.

We’ll be exploring:

  • Our visions for public engagement: the landscape for public engagement continues to morph and change, sensitive to broader changes in wider society. How can we make sense of the dramatic changes we are living through? How do we need to adapt our engagement activity? What opportunities are we missing? Who else can help? What will it look like 10 years from now? How will we get there?
  • Personal journeys: engagement takes time, but can be transformative. Do you have stories to share – about your own journey or about how teams, projects or whole institutions have been changed by engagement?
  • Perspectives on practice: engagement is typically a human, subtle process that creates significant change – to people, practices and products. There are a multitude or methods and approaches. Can you help us understand how to make engagement work?

This year we are going to Edinburgh, one of the original Beacons for Public Engagement, and now home of the Beltane Public Engagement Network. We are working with the Beltane Public Engagement Network which comprises Edinburgh Napier UniversityHeriot Watt University, the University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University to curate, organise and deliver an Engage Conference with a difference. Expect all the things you love about Engage – including plenty of opportunities to network and connect with others, inspiring keynote speakers, critical analysis, and stories of excellent engagement. A new place gives us the opportunity to include some new features, including a community focused ‘poster party’, and wrap-around events with a Scottish flavour.

Our call for submissions will open in April. For all enquiries, please contact

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The Beltane Public Engagement Network
The Institute for Academic Development
1 Morgan Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 8FP

Phone: 0131 650 4874/4875

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