Public events

This page gives an outline of the upcoming and recent public engagement activities run by The Society and our Members. This page will be regularly updated as we develop our outreach activities for 2016. For activities run through our grant schemes, please see Society activities.

For The Physiological Society, 2016 will be the Year of Elite Performance. As part of this theme, we will be focusing some of our outreach and public engagement efforts on communicating the science behind the biomedical basis of elite performance. 

If you would like to be involved in developing events for our themed year, or you are interested in volunteering at one of our events, please email our outreach officer on outreach@physoc.org. 

Member events and activities

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Let the rest of The Society know what you're up to! We would be delighted to list your school visits, public lectures, theatre and comedy performances, or any other activity you may be carrying out to promote discussion on physiology with young people and public audiences. Please email us at outreach@physoc.org with the the activity title, time, date and location alongside a short description or submit your event details here. 

2016 Public Engagement Grants 

2016 Public Engagement Grants

A Child’s Guide to Physiology

Fun Kids is the UK’s radio station for children and their families. We entertain and help children learn by encouraging them to listen, use their imagination, develop interaction skills and help make them more aware of their wider environment. But Fun Kids is not just a station for children – it is very much a family listen, with over 620,000 children and parents listening across the UK each month. ‘A Child’s Guide to Physiology’ is a project to create a bespoke series of short audio features to introduce children to physiology and the work of physiologists, for broadcast on Fun Kids and as an online resource on the Fun Kids and Physiological Society websites. Created in association with Members of the Society, the series will explain what physiology is and isn’t, explore a number of specific topics that Members are associated with and describe the role of the physiologist.

Action Potential

We will create and tour a new dance work in which performers delve inside a motor neurone to explain how physiologists think they work. This performance will combine a unique mix of contemporary, urban dance and martial arts. It opens with an athletic display of different sports and movement styles. This develops into an interactive science section for audiences to join in and enjoy, that will explain how the brain initiates movement, eventually inviting the audience to step inside a neurone and enact an action potential. In the final section the established dance artists will illustrate the relevance of this neurophysiological research in the battle against the devastating disease MND (Motor Neurone Disease). This incorporates how MND affects the body and the impact on those living with this devastating disease and their families. Following the performance members of the audience will be able to explore the physiology of movement inside their own bodies, with interactive activities revealing skeletal muscle anatomy, patterns of muscle activity and the cells which make it all happen.

Energy Renaissance

Cape Farewell, cultural producers Shrinking Space, and pioneering Virtual Reality & Immersive Content studio Hammerhead VR, have teamed up with the Environmental Research Group at King’s College London, to create an immersive Virtual Reality experience for Utopia, at Somerset House in October 2016. This experience will allow visitors to virtually interact with the physical environment of The Strand – the busy area surrounding Somerset House. Through the implementation of behavioural, scientific and technological changes, individuals will transform and de-carbonise their city into a greener, more peaceful neighbourhood that no longer poses a threat to health nor contributes to climate change. Across the world, scientists, environmentalists and entrepreneurs are taking up the challenge of pollution and climate change – carbon neutral urban environments are easily achievable - the Energy Renaissance project places individuals at the centre of London's evolution, where their actions form vital steps towards this feasible, safer and healthier post-carbon urban future. The project draws on gaming, immersive theatre, and stunning graphics to create a visceral experience, not one set in a fictional future but one that is inspired and informed by present day reality.

Engaging Ghana’s rural communities – Lightyear Foundation

Lightyear Foundation will run a series of lectures to bring life changing information to communities in rural Ghana. Responding to the recent outbreak of meningitis in the country, young local physiologists will run engaging lectures to the communities to help prevent meningitis spreading and promote a broader understanding of physiology and its value to their daily lives.

I’m a Scientist Get me Out of here!

I’m a Scientist is an online public engagement event that gets scientists talking to school students all over the UK at imascientist.org.uk Scientists put up a profile on this site, answer students’ questions about science, their research, the universe and beyond. They engage directly with students in live text-based chats. Students vote for their favourite scientist to win £500 to spend on further public engagement. Scientists develop their communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on their work, and find out what young people think about science and the role of scientists. Students see that scientists are normal people, learn that science lessons relate to real life, and become more enthused about science. The Sports Science Zone will take part November 7th-18th, scientists can sign up to take part at imascientist.org.uk/scientists and teachers at imascientist.org.uk/teachers

Lab in a Mall

Lab in the Mall will be a monthly programme of science engagement exploring the physiology of our bodies and ageing with shoppers and older communities at a shopping centre starting in June, building up to a large weekend of events at the end of September, coinciding with EU Researchers Night on the 30th of September and the Fun Palaces weekend on the 1st and 2nd of October.