Engineering Academic Community Webinars
In the Autumn of 2020, the Engineering theme ran a series of academic community engagement webinars. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the theme’s traditional methods of community engagement were no longer possible and so new ways of working were needed to remain engaged with our academic stakeholders. Two 1.5-hour webinars were delivered in October and November which consisted of a presentation by the Engineering Head of Theme, Dr Andrew Lawrence, and a live Question and Answer session. The presentation covered topics such as peer review processes and funding opportunities, including our responses to COVID-19. It also highlighted our current strategic priorities and our context within both EPSRC and UKRI more widely. The Question and Answer session provided the opportunity for audience members to submit questions to a panel consisting of members of the Engineering team who answered a selection of these questions live.
The purpose of these webinars was as follows:
- To increase the visibility of the Engineering team within academic Engineering sector
- To increase the understanding of the Engineering community of what EPSRC’s Engineering priorities are
- To increase dialogue between the Engineering team and academic Engineering sector
- To improve quality of proposals which deliver impact for society and economy
In order to increase accessibility, a recording of the presentation from the webinar will be available online and a Frequently Asked Questions document will also be uploaded to cover some of the most posed questions from the Q&A session.
Following positive feedback collected from the first two webinars, the Engineering theme are now considering further, more targeted webinars addressing specific parts of the funding cycle.