Informing the public, inspiring and involving the community with our research

Public lectures

Over the course of any one year, the University hosts a series of public lectures where researchers from the University or other universities or eminent speakers share their ideas with the public. Everyone is welcome to attend and the events are normally free of charge.

The lectures are normally held at the University but on occasion may take place in other venues in Hertfordshire or London. Details of forthcoming lectures can be found on our Events page.

Exhibitions and events at cultural venues

As well as hosting regular exhibitions at our own Art Gallery, the outcomes of our research are regularly exhibited across the UK and internationally at exhibitions and events. Currently some of our research in robotics form part of the major blockbuster Robot’s exhibition at the Science Museum in London.

Our Contemporary Arts Practice Group composed of fine artists, composers and other practitioners, produces exhibitions, performances and live events to share their ideas with the public.

Café Scientifique

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The Hatfield Café Scientifique meets at the Hatfield Social Club on the second Wednesday each month at 19:30.

Social Media

We use social media to regularly share our research with the public. Examples of some Twitter feeds include the Inner Lives Project which is exploring the emotional experiences and interior lives of ordinary people between 1300 and 1900 using interactions with the supernatural @Innerlives; Everyday Lives in the First World War, an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Engagement Centre led by University of Hertfordshire @FWWLives and the Modern Wife Exhibition which began as an exhibition of women’s magazines from 1960s Ireland @ModWifeExhibit

We regularly contribute to The Conversation, an online daily journal sharing knowledge from the world's best universities with a diverse, global audience of readers.

The University has its own research blog to share research stories and some researchers and research groups use blog sites as a way of engaging with a wide audience. One example is Perceptions of Pregnancy.

Stargazing at Bayfordbury Observatory

Bayfordbury Observatory gives the opportunity for private groups, schools, Brownies/Scouts and the public to visit us and learn more about the universe and the work taking place here. There are regular public evenings and opportunities for group visits.

Public understanding of Psychology

Researchers in our Department of Psychology are engaged in a wide range of activities that promote the public understanding of psychology.

These include:

  • giving public talks
  • publishing popular psychology books
  • staging events
  • appearing on the media
  • The innovative use of new media.