Public engagement

Male and three females holding there hands out, smiling


SMQB Artists in Residence 2022-2023: Callout now live!

We are delighted to announce our next round of SMQB Artists in Residence, an exciting opportunity for UK-based artists/creative practitioners to collaborate with our research centre.

We are seeking applications from self-motivated artists/collectives who are interested in responding creatively to one of the six-month research projects being taken forward for our research incubator in late June 2022. In this round, the research projects cover the following areas:

• Project 1: Pituitary tumours

• Project 2: Degenerative eye disease

• Project 3: Antimicrobial resistance

• Project 4: Nanotherapies

• Project 5: Leprosy

We are open to proposals of all kinds; however, we encourage applicants to carefully consider how they will drive public engagement with the research itself as well as their creative practice. Successful applicants will receive a fee of £2500.

Each artist selected on to the programme will spend time collaborating with our researchers over the next six months. Their level of involvement over this time should be self-managed and proportionate to the fee on offer and the creative work they will deliver as per their application. We obviously do not expect artists to work full time for six months. Most of the artists we have collaborated with previously have undertaken the residency flexibly on top of existing work or study responsibilities. 

Full details about how to apply and further information about the projects can be found in this document. We cannot accept applications from artists based outside of the UK. The deadline for applications is Thursday June 9th, 2022 (11:59pm). Questions should be directed to Caroline Gillett – please allow 2 working days for a reply.

About SMQB

We are building a research environment within which members of the public and people with lived experience of disease can contribute meaningfully and ensure that their voice is heard. If you are interested, there are lots of ways for you to become involved!

We are seeking members of the public to join our steering group and help shape our research priorities and identify the emerging projects we should support. We are looking to build a team of lay experts who will work with our students, researchers and project teams to ensure the relevance of their work to society. We are excited to build links with charities and other outreach organisation to bring our work to communities in relevant and exciting ways. To find out more please email our Community & Public Engagement Manager.

Contact our Community and Engagement Manager

Discover our artists in residence...

SMQB Conversations, Talks & More

SMQB Conversations

Each year we guest host a number of eminent scientists who are global leaders in their research field.

Each expert gives a one hour talk, following by an additional hour of open discussion and an audience-led question and answer session chaired by SMQB’s Director, Professor John Terry.

All of these talks are aimed at a general public audience, especially those with an interest in science subjects such as mathematics, neuroscience and computer science.

The Body Needs Rhythm: Let's Look at Hormones, Stress and Twitter.

Professor Stafford Lightman, University of Bristol

SMQB Conversations: The Body Needs Rhythm with Professor Stafford Lightman FRS

Digital Health Debate

SMQB's Midlands Digital Health Debate

Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture

Professor John Terry was invited to give a public lecture for the School of Mathematics Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture. This is a series which is aimed at A-level mathematics students, as well as general members of the public who have an interest in mathematics.

John’s talk on “The Emergent Rhythms of Health and Disease” can be watched below.

BPML: The Emergent Rhythms of Health and Disease

More videos coming soon!


The Centre for Systems Modelling & Quantitative Biomedicine (SMQB) is looking for enthusiastic individuals to support us with our public engagement and involvement work.

Who are we?

AMIGO stands for our Advisory Members Involvement, Guidance and Outreach group. This is a group of public volunteers who provide advice on how our research centre can best communicate with, engage and involve the wider public and patient groups in what we do.

Our AMIGOs have a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds and expertise, ranging from those with lived experience of disease and healthcare conditions through to those with skills in teaching, marketing or charity work, for example. We are not asking for any specific expertise other than enthusiasm to be involved. AMIGO welcomes diversity and everyone’s perspectives are welcomed and respected.

Together we share an interest in making science more accessible to other people, so that research can become more transparent, relevant and meaningful to others, particularly those that the research ultimately hopes to positively impact.

AMIGO supports us to craft and deliver public engagement and involvement activity that is useful, enjoyable and mutually beneficial to all involved. We call our group AMIGO because the group is also a valued network of allies and friends passionate about improving the quality and societal relevance of research.

Interested in getting involved?

If you are interested in joining our AMIGO group we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch so that we can find out a little bit more about you and your motivations for taking part, as well as what type of volunteering would most interest you. Please contact our Community & Public Engagement Manager, Caroline Gillett on with ‘AMIGO’ in the title of your email.

Amigo group discussion two men and two ladies talking
Amigo group discussion, lady speaking another listening
four members of the Amigo group discussion around a laptop
Amigo group discussion, man speaking, three ladies listening

Read our blog posts

Blog posts