Public engagement for Diamond users

Have you thought of showcasing your science at one of Diamond’s open day? With several thousand visitors every year Diamond offers a great way to engage with the public.

Inside Diamond PhotoInside Diamond is our regular opportunity for members of the public to visit Diamond Light Source, bringing science enthusiasts, families and curious members of the local community through our doors four times each year to hear about our work and that of our user community. With every event bringing 300 visitors to Diamond, the events are busy and lively, and offer a great chance for visitors to ask questions of our researchers and engineers.

 
We take the opportunity to celebrate the work of our users, and as part of the event we invite groups to exhibit in the atrium of Diamond House, where visitors can chat before and after their tours. In the past, groups from Manchester, The Pirbright institute, The Mary Rose Trust, STFC and Oxford University (amongst others) have held stalls as part of the open day.
 
Engaging the public is now seen as an integral part of a research career, but it can often be difficult to identify suitable opportunities, or to get hands on experience to hone the skills required to successfully engage. The open days at Diamond provide a great opportunity for both – we have supported groups from the research community in developing demos and providing a link to public audiences.
 
Most importantly, the visitors who come along to our open days really value the chance to meet our user community, and see first-hand the incredible breadth of work carried out under Diamond’s roof. We believe that as Diamond enables world class research, we should also enable world class public engagement, and opening our doors as part of the open days is just one part of that.
 
If you would like to find out more about bringing your research group to open days, or to discuss other public engagement opportunities and training with Diamond, please contact Laura Holland or David Price at diamond.communications@diamond.ac.uk.