Building capacity for Public Engagement with Research
The project was the largest installment of the museum's Contemporary Science and Society series, enabling researchers at all career levels to leverage the museum's experience and skills in public engagement, whilst accessing the museum's public to engage in their research.
Researchers appear on the interactive video Q&A screens in the exhibition, giving visitors the opportunity to interact 'face to face' via digital means; and the live event programme enables visitors to engage with a greater number of researchers directly.
Outcomes and impacts
More than 150 research scientists from four University departments and over 20 support staff contributed to Brain Diaries.
The programme and exhibition reached an audience of more than 45,000 people from Oxfordshire and beyond in its first two months of opening.
The project exemplified the power and value of collaborative working between the museum and academic departments.
"We all look forward to the opportunity to engage with the public through the museums. It is particularly useful for younger researchers to have to develop ways of conveying complex information and I knoy they always find it very rewarding." Christopher Kennard, Head of Medical Science Division and Emeritus Professor of Clinical Neurology
Funded by: The Negaunee Foundation and Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund