As part of the programme of activities for FUTURES2020 we are creating opportunities to use online platforms to engage people with research. One of those is Reddit Ask Me Anything, which gives people from across the world the change to ask researchers questions about their research. We're on the hunt for researchers who would like to develop their online public engagement skills, fancy giving it a go?
Reddit Ask me Anything
A Reddit Ask Me Anything (or AMA) is an online event using the social news website Reddit, which allows users from all over the world to ask questions and interact with experts in any field they are interested in. Reddit is divided into a number of different 'subreddits', each with their own moderators, rules and community. For example, the subreddit r/AskScience involves users asking scientific questions for the community to answer and hosts AMA’s from researchers. This subreddit has been previously used by researchers from the University of Bath and includes content from both physical and social sciences.
Develop your public engagement skills
An AMA gives you the opportunity to engage with public groups from all across the world who are interested in your topic area. Interactions take place through text meaning you can engage with people who might not normally feel comfortable asking questions in person or who couldn't attend an in-person event. It's an opportunity to develop your skills in active listening, and understand some of the insights people interested in your research might have. Kate Woodthorpe and Hannah Rumble from the Centre for Death and Society took part in an AMA and found it was a valuable opportunity to discuss answers to questions on speakerphone as they responded. They found that doing the AMA as a team made it an enjoyable social experience as well as a valuable public engagement activity.
The Reddit AMAs will take place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November. If you are interested in finding out more about this please drop us a line or send Dean Veall an email to register your interest by Monday 12 October.
Taking place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November 2020, FUTURES2020 is a European Researchers' Night, and is one of just three UK based projects of the 51 projects across 30 European countries. FUTURES2020 involves researchers from Bath Spa University, University of Exeter and University of Plymouth joining the University of Bath and University of Bristol to showcase their work.
The FUTURES2020 Festival of Discovery will take research directly to the people with digital activities, hands-on experiments, science shows, games, quizzes, competitions, and exhibitions. Researchers will be heading out into shopping centres, botanic gardens, museums, cathedrals, naval vessels, and the streets to share their work.
The Festival is an opportunity for people, of all ages to explore the past and discuss the research that is shaping our future with researchers from the region’s universities as they lead interactive activities and demonstrations across five counties in the South West.
Dean Veall is Deputy Head of Public Engagement