Session 5D- Bridging the gap between research and practice

Room 3.24

Panel Discussion

Katie Steckles (Freelance/Sheffield Hallam University, UK); Leucha Veneer (UCLAN, UK); Jo Bailey (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand); Rhian A Salmon (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

 Practitioners of science outreach should be able to benefit from the work of researchers, and vice versa - but how do we bridge this gap? How can practitioners access the outcomes of research in order to inform their practice, and how can researchers make use of practitioners' experience and involve them in research? How do these aims fit with busy schedules, and how can we make collaboration easier? This session will consist of a paper presentation followed by a panel discussion, and include a range of perspectives from research, practice and design - all of whom are attempting to bridge this gap.