What DOES quality mean in public engagement with science? This was a question which we in the Edinburgh Beltane, Beacon for Public Engagement explored. The Edinburgh Beltane is one of six beacons for public engagement which were established in the UK from 2008. The Beacons were “university-based collaborative centres that are working to support, recognise, reward and build capacity for public engagement” 1 .The definition of public engagement which has emerged from the Beacons project is expressed in terms of three purposes for engagement: informing, consulting and collaborating .

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What Does Quality Mean in Public Engagement with Science?

Elizabeth Stevenson   University of Edinburgh, e.stevenson@ed.ac.uk

Heather Rea   Edinburgh Beltane: Beacon for Public Engagement, h.j.rea@ed.ac.uk

What DOES quality mean in public engagement with science? This was a question which we in the Edinburgh Beltane, Beacon for Public Engagement explored. The Edinburgh Beltane is one of six beacons for public engagement which were established in the UK from 2008. The Beacons were “university-based collaborative centres that are working to support, recognise, reward and build capacity for public engagement” 1 .The definition of public engagement which has emerged from the Beacons project is expressed in terms of three purposes for engagement: informing, consulting and collaborating .

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