Laurence De Clippele , Madlaina Michelotti , Charlotte R. Findlay , Amy Cartwright , Qing Fang , Charlie Wheatley , Ashleigh Sladen , Kes Scott-Somme , Harry R. Harding , Juliette Jackson , Laura E. Hepburn , Jessica Giannotti , Grace Carroll , Nicole Heidtke , Alison M. Worrall , Kris De Meyer
16 February 2021
To increase awareness of the current challenges facing the marine environment, the Future of Our Seas (FOOS) project brought together the expertise of scientists, public engagement experts and creatives to train and support a group of marine scientists in effective science communication and innovative public engagement. This case study aims to inspire scientists and artists to use the FOOS approach in training, activity design and development support (hereafter called the ‘FOOS programme’) to collaboratively deliver novel and creative engagement activities. The authors reflect on the experiences of the marine scientists: (1) attending the FOOS communication and engagement training; (2) creating and delivering public engagement activities; (3) understanding our audience; and (4) collaborating with artists. The authors also share what the artists and audiences learned from participating in the FOOS public engagement activities. These different perspectives provide new insights for the field with respect to designing collaborative training which maximizes the impact of the training on participants, creative collaborators and the public. Long-term benefits of taking part in the FOOS programme, such as initiating future collaborative engagement activities and positively impacting the scientists’ research processes, are also highlighted.