The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) has opened a survey for people who engage the public with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The survey is part of a project looking at diversity and inclusion led by NCCPE's National Forum for Public Engagement for STEM.
The survey aims to collect information about informal engagement with STEM subjects, improve the relevance of the national forum, and gather data on inclusion and diversity.
It asks what professionals aim for in engaging with audiences, where they access support and professional development, their level of professionalism, and the key challenges they face. The survey also explores how they gain insight into their audiences, how their STEM engagement work is funded and evaluated, and the level of importance given to work on improving diversity in the STEM sector.
The national forum includes the Natural History Museum, Royal Society, Wellcome, Science Museum Group, UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres, the devolved Welsh and Scottish governments, and several government departments and arms-length bodies.
It aims to tackle so-called "sticky problems", sector-wide issues that cannot be solved by people working in isolation and "require concerted and collaborative effort over the long term".
Findings will be discussed at a networking event to be held at Woburn House, London, on 1 November.