Public Involvement and Engagement

PPI PPE StrategyTo ensure that our research is relevant and has the maximum impact, we want to engage patients and the public in our research right from the initial concept and design stage, through to implementation and dissemination.

As described in our Patient And Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) strategy, we are putting PPIE at the heart of our HPRU. There are many different ways of being involved in our research activities; from joining the Advisory Panel to help develop our research strategy, or helping make sure the research is reported in understandable ways, or attending one of our research interactive events to learn more about what we do.

Public Involvement

We have appointed two lay representatives to our External Advisory Board: Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE is Chair of the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network, and Lynnette Crossley is a Senior Port Health Officer with Manchester Port Health Authority.

Our Public Involvement Panel was set up jointly by the HPRU and the Institute of Infection and Global Health, at the University of Liverpool, in February 2015. The panel includes representatives who are end-users of our research, or other stakeholders - from farmers to patients - who do not have a formal background in academia, medicine or veterinary medicine. The aims of the panel are to:

  • Work with researchers to advise on best practice in PPI
  • Act as a resource for researchers in the HPRU
  • Provide input into research at an early stage and suggest areas of work for future research

On 27 September 2016 we held a Public Involvement Day for the panel, as well as for researchers and PhD students.

Public Engagement

We run a programme of events, in conjunction with the Public Engagement teams at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Public Health England. Activities include running interactive stalls at science festivals, hosting workshops for schools, arranging laboratory visits, giving talks and much more.

Our latest highlights

Mosquito Madness Stall

 

Ness Botanic Gardens Family Science Fair
On 11 March 2017, during British Science Week, we had a 'Mosquito Madness' exhibit at the Ness Botanic Gardens Family Science Fair. This exhibit highlighted the NIHR HPRU PhD student  Aislinn Currie-Jordan's work on improving our understanding of UK mosquito species through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

 

 

Raquel - 6 March 2017

Infectious Science
On 6 March 2017 we held the third in a series of evening 'Infectious Science in the Pub' events at The Everyman Bistro in Liverpool. This free-of-charge event, attended by 70 members of the public, featured 6 fast-paced scientific TEDx-style talks from HPRU researchers on topics such as climate change and poliovirus. The objective of the event is to encourage people from all ages and backgrounds to take an interest in emerging and zoonotic infections, and the event provides an opportunity for our researchers to develop their public engagement skills.

 

 Raquel Medialdea

Public Engagement Case Study
The University of Liverpool's Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Public Engagement team have selected HPRU EZI PhD student Raquel Medialdea Carrera as a case study for her excellent  experience of public engagement work. Activities include taking part in Meet the Scientists, running science workshops in Sierra Leone and organising Infectious Science in the Pub which saw researchers give inspiring and fascinating talks about their work to the public over a pint! See the Public Engagement website to read about why she gets involved in public engagement and her public engagement top tips.

 Audience

Infectious Science
On 12 December 2016 we held the second in a series of evening 'Infectious Science in the Pub' events at The Vines public house in Liverpool. This free-of-charge event was held just before the NIHR HPRU EZI annual conference and was attended by 55 members of the public. It featured 6 fast-paced scientific TEDx-style talks from HPRU researchers and an international speaker from Brazil on topics such as big data and the Fiocruz response to Zika virus outbreak in Brazil.

 

 Tick Kids Tick Awareness Leaflet
NIHR HPRU EZI member Maaike Pietzsch and Vector Biology and Climate Modelling theme leader Dr Jolyon Medlock, were awarded funding to support public engagement activities. With their award they produced new tick awareness material aimed at key stage 1 and 2 aged children. For more information and to download the leaflet see Tick Awareness Leaflet.
 Mosquitoexhibit Mosquito Diaries Exhibition

NIHR HPRU EZI PhD student Aislinn Currie Jordan presented work on Vector Biology as part of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Mosquito Diaries Exhibition at the Royal Society Summer Science Festival held in London, 4-7 July 2016.

 

 

 

 British Science Week 4 British Science Week
On 15, 16 and 17 March 2016, during British Science Week, we organised three workshops at the University of Liverpool for school children aged 13 and 14. During the workshops the pupils learnt about infectious bugs, and why studying DNA is important for life and in particular to fight infections. All children had an opportunity to extract DNA from strawberries and bananas, as well as prepare slides and observe through a microscope their own cheek cells and mosquitos that can transmit infections.
 Ness Family Science Fair 2 Ness Botanic Gardens Family Science Fair
We had a 'Pets or Pests?' exhibit at the Ness Botanic Gardens Family Science Fair on 12 March 2016 as part of British Science Week, to highlight the work of HPRU PhD students Charlotte Robin and Ellen Murphy on the risk of infections from rats versus our relationship with them, their role as pests in a food context, and where rats feature within our history. We ran activities for children such as making rat finger puppets, and displayed posters and information on what infections rats can carry which can affect livestock and people. In addition, we had a voting system to see if people thought rats were pets or pests.
 

Liz McGinley 2

Infectious Science
On 3 March 2016 we held the first in a series of evening 'Infectious Science in the Pub' events at The Vines public house in Liverpool. This free-of-charge event, attended by 60 members of the public, featured 6 fast-paced scientific TEDx-style talks from HPRU researchers on topics such as tick bites and Zika virus.

 

 

Meet The Scientists March 2016 - 3

Meet The Scientists
Our 'Bitten by the Bug' stall saw members of the public learn about mosquitoes, midges and ticks during an interactive, hands-on science day for all the family at the 'Fat Cats and Hot Dogs' event held on 10 October 2015.

On 19 March 2016 we held fun workshops for children and their families during the 'Healthy Lives' event.

 Big Bang 2015

Big Bang North West Fair 2015
Our vector-borne disease researchers took part in the Big Bang North West Fair in Liverpool on 8 July 2015. Over 6,000 pupils attended the Fair, which aims to inspire the next generation of scientists. Our Bitten by the Bug stall saw pupils learn about mosquitoes, midges and ticks, and the diseases they can transmit, through interactive games and activities.

Visit our Big Bang North West gallery to see more photos.

 Higher Education Day Higher Education Day
Dr Alan Radford and PhD student Raquel Medialdea Carrera visited Winstanley College in June 2015 to talk to A-level biology students as part of a Higher Education Day. Alan talked to students about the evolution and transmission of viral disease and Raquel spoke about her journey to becoming a researcher and her recent experience working at an Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone.
 Ebola Debate  

Stopping Ebola - whose responsibility is it anyway?
To help gauge the public response to the Ebola outbreak, Professor Tom Solomon joined a panel of experts and opinion formers for an open debate with 50 members of the public; this was held at Manchester Metropolitan University on 20 March 2015 as part of British Science Week.

 Flagging Survey Public Involvement in Research Delivery
In our Vector Biology programme looking at tick activity in relation to Lyme disease, we are involving volunteers from the public and patient groups, including Lyme Disease Action, and Wildlife Trusts, in collecting tick activity data through fortnightly field surveys.

Find out more.
 

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Lyme Disease Open Day
HPRU investigators took part in the Public Health England Lyme Disease Open Day in March 2015 which brought together 100 researchers, health care workers, support groups and the public to discuss current research, opinion, and future priorities in this very challenging area.

 

 

 

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Ebola BBC School Report
In January 2015 pupils from the Christian Fellowship School in Liverpool interviewed Professor Tom Solomon for a BBC School Report they were making about the Ebola crisis.
The report is now finished and we think they did a fantastic job! Watch it for yourself here.
 Christmas Science Christmas Science Lecture for Primary Schools
In December 2014 Dr Alan Radford and colleagues hosted 130 local primary school pupils at the Victoria Gallery & Museum in Liverpool for a free Science Christmas Lecture. Rudolph the Sneezing Reindeer focused on influenza, how our immune system responds to infection, and what we can do to reduce the risk of becoming infected.

Read our Science Christmas Lecture blog post.

 

Get involved

For more information about ways to get involved or to join the mailing list for future events please contact:

hpruezi@liv.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter@HPRUezi