‘Civic universities’ and ‘Public Engagement’ – inspiring examples from the UK and Sweden: Online conference


12 november 2020, kl. 09:00–12:00
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Join us for a half-day online conference to explore how universities can become anchor institutions within their local areas, strengthening their connection with their local communities and engaging them in their activities. We’ll be exploring concepts such as “civic universities” and “public engagement” in discussion with representatives from Swedish and British organisations. Inspiring examples of ways in which universities are undertaking place-based engagement to work closely with their communities will also be showcased.

The conference is being jointly organised by Vetenskap & Allmänhet and Unilink.

The intention is to investigate these approaches in more depth during a study trip to Scotland, which UniLink plans to undertake in spring 2021, circumstances permitting.

This preparatory conference is open to those working at organisations that are members of Unilink and Vetenskap & Allmänhet interested in learning more about civic universities and public engagement.


9:00 – Welcome

Part 1: Civic Universities

Moderator: Fredrik Sjögren, University West

Civic universities – a strategic institutional approach

Professor John Goddard, Emeritus Professor of Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University, Professor of Universities and Cities, Birmingham University and Vice Chair of the Civic University Commission
Des McNulty, Assistant Vice-Principal – Economic Development and Civic Engagement, University of Glasgow 

The European Civic University Alliance – enhancing collaborations at local, regional and European level

Fredrik Oldsjö, Secretary General, European Civic University Alliance – Civis, at Stockholm University


Part 2: Public Engagement

Moderator: Cissi Askwall, Vetenskap & Allmänhet

Introduction to Public Engagement – what, who, how?

Maria Hagardt, International Relations & Communications Manager, Vetenskap & Allmänhet

The role of NCCPE in supporting public engagement in the UK

Sophie Duncan, Director, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Engagement for the Common Good at GCU

Susan Grant, Community and Public Engagement Coordinator, Glasgow Caledonian University

Science Shops – research with and for the community

Helen Garrison, Project & Communications Manager, Vetenskap & Allmänhet & Anne Laybourne Community Research Manager, CRIS, University College London

12:00 End

Practical information and registration

When: 12 November 9:00 – 12.00 CET

Where: This is a virtual conference that will be held on zoom (a link will be sent to registered participants). The conference will be held in English.

How: Register for a free place below.

Further information: Maria Hagardt or Helen Garrison, Vetenskap & Allmänhet

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