SCOTPEN Annual Gathering 2020

2020 is proving to be the year that everything moves online and the Scottish Public Engagement Network (ScotPEN) Annual Gathering was no exception. The University of Edinburgh (virtually) hosted this year’s festivities hosting sessions throughout August. One key advantage of online sessions is that they can be recorded and accessible to a greater number of people than could have joined us in person. The highly entertaining Science Cocktail Making Online Social was not recorded so you’ll have to trust us that the gathering ended on a high if you missed that one!


You can find out more about ScotPEN from their website and about Public Engagement with Research at the University of Edinburgh by visiting the College engagement webpages (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Medicine and Vetenary Medicine; Science and Engineering) or by contacting the Public Engagement team in the Edinburgh Research Office at


Welcome Session

Dr Anne Sofie Laegran (Head of Knowledge Exchange and Impact, Edinburgh Research Office) welcomes the delegates to Edinburgh; Dr Mhairi Stewart (University of St Andrews and Chair of the ScotPEN Committee) gives a short history of ScotPEN and the plans for the future; and Erin Hardee (University of Dundee, ScotPEN Committee) discusses the new activities launching this year to get involved with.

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Evaluating Online Engagement with Evaluation Support Scotland

Evaluation Support Scotland delivered two sessions of their workshop “Evaluating Online Engagement”. This is a partial recording where attendee contributions have been removed.

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Online Engagement Panel with Jamie Gallagher

Jamie Gallagher hosts a panel discussion with guests Lewis Hou, Dan Vo and Sophia Collins about creating great engagement on-line. They share their experiences of Online Engagement and what they think the most important considerations are.

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International Engagement Panel with Jamie Gallagher

Jamie Gallagher hosts a panel discussion with guests Edward Duca, Annette Klinket and Mahmoud Mania about forming international collaborations in public engagement.

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