Public Engagement Group in STEMM

Based within the University of Glasgow the Public Engagement Group in STEMM focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM).

The group has been in place at the university for 19 years in its various forms.  There are two teams within the group working alongside each other.  These are 'Science Connects' and the 'Glasgow Science Festival'.

Each team consists of experienced science communicators with experience delivering projects ranging from school careers days, to the creation of science festivals, to development of science centres.  The team’s background is drawn from research, industry and education.

The group have and continue to work on a portfolio of projects with considerable success in attracting funding from Scottish and UK government, research councils and charitable trusts. In the last 10 years alone we have managed grants worth over 3 million pounds, engaging with approximately half a million people through outreach alone.

Current projects include:

‘Glasgow Science Festival’ projects‌

We develop and deliver a wide range of projects including:


  • Glasgow science festival - The headline event of the year's ongoing activity. Launched in 2007, Glasgow Science Festival (GSF) has grown to be one of the largest science festivals in the UK. GSF takes memorable events to non-traditional venues across the City where we engage with over 50,000 people from all ages and backgrounds, from novices to experts.
  • Dumfries and Galloway Science FestivalNow in its fifth year the Dumfries and Galloway Science Festival is a collaboration between 'Glasgow Science Festival' and 'The Association for Science Education Scotland. For anybody who ever wondered how the world works and how we know about it – and what mysteries are out there, waiting to be solved.
  • GSF Internships for University of Glasgow Post-graduate researchers - After a successful run in 2012, the Glasgow Science Festival internship training scheme was adopted and rolled out across the Colleges of MVLS and Science & Engineering at the University of Glasgow. Postgraduate research students work in small groups with the GSF team to develop a research-themed activity. The students will then deliver this activity to a public audience during the festival in June.

    If you would like more information on the GSF Internship please select the appropriate option.
    MVLS students
    S&E students (link tbc)




  • Creating Engineers - K'nex challenge - Annual engineering competition for P6 pupils across Scotland.
  • STEM clubs - Scottish Government funded project supporting a network of STEM clubs in Primary and Secondary schools across Scotland.
  • 3ML - An online story library and interactive resource designed to take science learning and literacy to a new level
     by engaging users with short, readable texts on a wide range of topics.

‘Science Connects’ projects

Science Connects is the STEMNET contract holder responsible for delivery of the STEM Advisory Network and co-ordination and management of the STEM Ambassador Programme in the West of Scotland. STEMNET, funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, creates opportunities to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and operates a network of contract holders throughout the UK to deliver their programmes.

  • STEM advisory network - Provides free, impartial advice to schools on a wide range of STEM programmes provided by external organisations, helping to bring Curriculm for Excellence to life.  By providing information on resources and opportunities, Science Connects can help to enhance pupil’s understanding and confidence in these subjects.
  • STEM ambassador programme - Over 27,000 individuals from companies or academia working as role models in schools across the UK and Science Connects has over 1,200 STEM Ambassadors in the West of Scotland. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers with an interest in STEM, who work free of charge with schools, teachers and pupils to stimulate and inspire interest in these subjects. Volunteers are trained on working with schools and are Disclosure Scotland checked so can offer valuable support in enhancing and enriching the curriculum by providing a link from the classroom to the world of work.