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.

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.

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.

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.

International public engagement: gathering views of engagement with research across Africa and India [PDF 721KB]

  • September 2016

We examine attitudes to public engagement with research across our funding portfolio in low- and middle-income countries.

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.

More reports