On 17 December the Glasgow local group held its AGM followed by a scientific meeting on public engagement at the University of Strathclyde. 22 people attended.
Ruth Dundas, Paul McCrorie and Gillian Fergie (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow) joined forces with Karen Wood (General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow) and Tony Robertson (Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy at the University of Edinburgh) to share some perspectives on the development and facilitation of public engagement activities from statistics and public health researchers.
Ruth outlined the evolution of the inequalities in mortality ‘Mountain Plot’ jigsaw. Tony and Paul talked the audience through their engagement approach to designing a healthy lifestyle app. Lastly, Gillian and Karen presented their incrementally devised ‘Health in the City’ game. These activities were funded by the MRC as part of their 2013 Centenary celebrations. Since delivering the activities to the public generally attracted younger-than-anticipated audiences, the speakers described the ways in which they subsequently adapted their material. As well as offering some simulating discussion on evaluation and process, attendees at the RSS event enjoyed having a go at taking part in the activities themselves – an altogether engaging event!