Talking to the public about your work can be a hugely rewarding part of being a researcher.
At Alzheimer’s Research UK, we champion the message that research will make life-changing breakthroughs to create a better future for everyone affected by dementia. Through our communications and engagement activity, we are changing the conversation around the condition.
Researchers play a vital role in this work, giving insight into research and showcasing the progress being made every day. We encourage all dementia researchers to talk about their work and engage with their local community.
There are lots of ways we can help you share your research and engage with the public. This in turn helps us demonstrate how dementia research will make breakthroughs possible.
Publishing a paper?
If you have submitted a paper for publication based on work done with Alzheimer’s Research UK funding, please let the Press team know.
The earlier we know about it, the more likely we are to be able to help promote it in regional (and sometimes national) news. We can help ensure the findings are clearly communicated and produce other content around research stories, such as blogs and videos to share on social media.
Take a look at some of our most recent news stories.
Talking to the media
We also have a handy guide about ‘Talking to the Media’, with hints and tips to help you explain your research simply.
We are often asked for researchers to speak at events about dementia and the progress research is making. If you would be willing to help out at events in your local area, please let us know.
We have produced some guidance to help you prepare for a public talk, with advice on tailoring your story for different audiences. We have a downloadable slideset on our Researcher Toolkit as well as other resources to help engage the public with your work.
Science festivals & public events
Science festivals and other public events are a fantastic and fun way to engage the public with your work. Your local Network Centre will hold an annual public meeting, so please get in touch with your local Network Co-ordinator to find out how you can get involved.
Our Public Engagement team puts on talks and activities at festivals and events throughout the year. Please get in touch if you’d like to help us out at an event near you.
If you’re interested in proposing activities or events to be part of a festival programme, many run open calls for content and activities. Check out the UK Science Festivals Network to find one taking place near you. We also have created a range of activities and resources to help you engage with the public in our Toolkit.
Our Public Engagement team can offer guidance and advice around planning events, creating activities, effective evaluation and much more – just get in touch.
Around half of people get their news from social media, so this is a great way to reach others with information about your work. Whether it’s other scientists or the general public you are trying to reach, using social media effectively can help build your profile, grow your network and hone your communication skills.
Whenever you talk to the public about your work, we can provide a range of resources to help you. From illustrations and animations to slide sets of key dementia statistics, check out our Researcher Toolkit to help you with effective communication and engagement.
If you would like any more information or support to help communicate your work, or have suggestions on how we can improve our support on science communications or public engagement, get in touch by emailing Robin Brisbourne (Science Communications Manager) or Katy Stubbs (Public Engagement Manager).