Skip to content

Meet the scientists

We support our Research Fellows to enhance their research through public engagement, providing advice, training and support.

Members of the public interacting with scientists and exhibits at the Summer Science Exhibition.

We have a long history of engaging the public in science and helping our researchers to do this effectively is a key area of our work. 

The Meet the Scientists programme is designed to provide Research Fellows with support and new opportunities in public engagement, allowing them take part in and create research-led, effective engagement that is of benefit to them, their research and the public.

You can take a look at our case studies to hear more about the public engagement work of our Research Fellows.

Public engagement training

Please click on the courses below to find out more and register.

Evaluating public engagment

Online engagement

Public engagement for independent researchers

We have new dates for the following training courses, aimed at scientific researchers with between 3 and 8 years post-PhD experience. Travel expenses and course fee are covered by the Royal Society for holders of University Research Fellowships, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships, Sir Henry Dale Fellowships, Newton International Fellowships and Industry Fellowships.

Public engagement for independent researchers - for those with little or no experience, who wish to gain the confidence and key skills to get started.

Online engagement - for those who want to discover how to take their engagement online.

Evaluating public engagement - for those who want to develop an evaluation plan for an existing public engagement idea.

If you are a Royal Society Research Fellow, you can sign up to our mailing list to hear about upcoming training.

Other training courses from the Royal Society - writing and media skills trainingscience policy primer and innovation and the business of science courses.

Other training

We offer bursaries for Royal Society funded researchers to attend the Public Engagement Masterclass at the Wellcome Genome Campus, which takes place in July each year. We also offer writing and media skills training, innovation and the business of science courses, pairing scheme and a mentoring scheme.


We offer up to £10,000 to Research Fellows through our Public Engagement Fund. The fund is open to current Royal Society University Research Fellows and Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows who have completed the first year of their fellowship on or before 31 October in the year of application. The next round of application will open in October 2020. 

You can read more about the Public Engagement Fund and other projects we've funded or contact us for more information.


We have regular opportunities for Research Fellows to take part in public engagement. Whether it's at our monthly Café Scientifique events, at regional festivals, through Partnership Grants, judging our book prizes or demonstrating at the Science Museum Lates, there are always ways to get involved.

You can also find inspiration from our blog, where Research Fellows share their experiences of public engagement and advice for anyone looking to do more.

To hear about the latest opportunities to get involved, please email us and ask to be added to the mailing list. 

Contact us

If you would like to talk to us about public engagement, you can email us at

Case studies


Dr Anna Slater and Dr Timothy Easun

Dr Leigh Fletcher

Dr Shaena Montanari

Dr Tiffany Taylor

Dr Ventsislav Valev

Dr Yvonne Grunder

Was this page useful?
Thank you for your feedback
Thank you for your feedback. Please help us improve this page by taking our short survey.