Resources to support public engagement

Here you will find resources that will support your engagement with public and patient audiences, who are not involved in the scientific world. You might want to talk to people about the importance of medicines and where they come from, or to explain what pharmacology is to school groups. Perhaps you are keen to demonstrate the impact of pharmacology and drug discovery research. These resources are available to support you to cover different topics and with different audiences.

If you'd like to discuss a resource, or have an idea for a new one, please get in touch with the team.


Where do cancer medicines come from?

What does genetics have to do with making new medicines?  Here we introduce how understanding a person’s genomics can help scientists create more effective medicines, and has improved outcomes for some breast cancer patients.



Pharmacology for the public flyer

A handy flyer for explaining to public audiences what pharmacology is, why the world needs pharmacologists and what the Society does to support the pharmacology community.



Public engagement: a practical guide

This is a practical guide developed for researchers by the Sense about Science team. It aims to cover the key steps in involving the public in, and communicate findings from, their research – from the earliest stages of projects, and on the most challenging of subjects.



Pharmacology Quiz

Challenge yourself to a pharmacology quiz! Do you know your breakthroughs from your placebos?
Discover the origins of certain medicines, how prescribing has changed over time, and how technology has changed how we discover and use medicines.

This quiz was developed for those aged 16+ by Dr Chris Threapleton. Chris is a doctor specialising in clinical pharmacology, based at St George's Hospital in London.



DNA Testing: All In The Genes Event from Cheltenham Science Festival

Originally recorded as part of Cheltenham Science Festival @ Home in June 2020.

The use of genetic testing kits is on the rise, promising to reveal what your DNA says about your health, traits and ancestry. Despite concerns being raised around who this information could be shared with, understanding our genetic information has the potential to transform the NHS and revolutionise patient treatment. Leading personalised medicine experts Joanne Hackett and Munir Pirmohamed consider the benefits and risks of DNA testing technology and discuss how it could pave the way for personalised treatments for diseases such as cancer with Vivienne Parry.



Engagement Grants

You can apply for up to £2,000 for creating or developing high quality engagement and outreach activities that will reach a variety of public audiences. You can also apply for smaller 'Seed Funding’ grants (up to £250) that can be used for high impact, low cost activities, or for the design and testing of activities that have potential to grow.



Engagement Training Bursaries

You can apply for a bursary of up to £500 to help you develop your engagement skills through training activities and events. From public speaking to exhibition design, stakeholder mapping to blogging, there are so many opportunities to build your skills and share pharmacology with the world.



Engaging with the public about vaccines

With the emergence of COVID-19, the crucial role that vaccines play in protecting our health has come into sharp focus. This resource aims to provide evidence-based information to answer common vaccine and immunology questions and help everyone make informed decisions about vaccines and their health.

This resources was developed by the British Society for Immunology.



Medicine Makers activity guide

Medicine Makers is a hands-on activity developed by the Biochemical Society and the British Pharmacological Society. It introduces participants to the basic mechanism of how painkillers work in our bodies, looking at how our bodies respond to pain and how these medicines help us to overcome it.