Public engagement

Public engagement involves conversations about science and health research in unexpected places and surprising ways.

Our work

How we engage the public

The people, projects and places we support include everyone from small community groups and charities to Nobel Prize winners and national galleries.

Public engagement support for researchers

Sharing your ideas with the public and getting new perspectives can enhance your research. We offer public engagement funding, advice and training opportunities for all Wellcome-funded researchers.

Major public engagement initiatives

Our major public initiatives have connected millions of people with research in new ways.

Broadcast and film

We help develop broadcast and film entertainment that explores the human condition.

Digital games

We work with games developers and publishers to help make entertaining digital games.

The arts

We support artists and arts organisations to explore science and health through the work they create, the way they share their ideas, and the collaborators they work with.

Public views on medical research

The Wellcome Trust Monitor is a survey exploring the UK's views on medical research.


The Art of Health [PDF 6.3MB]

  • November 2016

This report is based on discussions at our annual international engagement workshop, which was held in Mumbai, India, in 2016. It explored the use of creative and artistic methods in engaging communities with science and health research.

Art in Global Health [PDF 3.3MB]

  • June 2016

Insights and considerations for people who are interested in running artist residencies in health research programmes, based on feedback from Wellcome Collection's Art in Global Health project.

Wellcome Trust Monitor: Wave 3 summary report [PDF 442KB]

  • April 2016

Our Monitor survey explores the public's thoughts on medical research, science and health. Every three years we survey hundreds of adults and young people across the UK.

More reports