Constructing Knowledges: Public Engagement Symposium

  • Jemma Houghton (Co-Organiser)
  • Linnea Kuglitsch (Co-Organiser)
  • Francesca Elliott (Co-Organiser)
  • Jack Holguin (Co-Organiser)
  • Iqra Choudhry (Co-Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising event(s)Organising a conference, workshop, exhibition, performance, inquiry, course etcResearch


Following on from our successful interdisciplinary symposium, Environment as Context, last May we held our second conference in this series on 16th November 2018. In response to feedback from attendees from our previous conference, it focused on public engagement.

Interdisciplinary perspectives and collaboration can strengthen your research and diversify its public impact. This symposium offered a platform for postgraduates at the University of Manchester to broaden their understanding of how members of different disciplines “construct” their public engagement plans and events, from the social sciences and STEM to arts and humanities.

The event consisted of multiple panels, led by postgraduates and professionals experienced in public engagement from across a range of disciplines – from history to pharmacy and more. These were followed by the return of the popular informal “games” section, to facilitate networking and thinking about public engagement, as well as workshopping to help develop and refine delegates ideas surrounding public engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration. The symposium ended on a roundtable focusing on public engagement possibilities, largely informed by the activity and workshop discussions, with advice and feedback being provided from our guest experts.

As with our previous symposium, the main aim of Constructing Knowledges is to promote interdisciplinary connections amongst the postgraduate community at the University of Manchester.
Period16 Nov 2018
Event typeConference
LocationManchester, United KingdomShow on map


  • postgraduate
  • Public Engagement