The projects we work on as a Dialogue Centre use knowledge exchange and transformative facilitation to support the impact of the University’s research as well as its civic mission and public engagement aims.
Here are just some of the events we’ve organised or hosted as part of our rolling programme of activities.
1-7 November 2023
Aberystwyth University’s 2023 Festival of Research – The Pursuit of Peace
For the first time, the University’s Festival of Research was coordinated by the Dialogue Centre.
Across a 7-day programme of discussions, workshops, research exhibits and creative activities on the theme of peace, the festival hosted more than 600 people and brought researchers together with a range of different communities.
7 September 2023
RWIF Project Workshop – How the third sector can influence government
Two unique in-person workshops were held for everyone who wanted to be heard by the Welsh Government.
The workshops drew on the findings of research by Dr. Amy Sanders on how third-sector organizations influenced the Welsh Government, meaning that the techniques and tips participants learned were based on sound evidence of ‘what worked’.
Tŷ Trafod Opening
This contemporary space on the University’s Penglais campus is a place where researchers, external partners and communities can gather to deliberate, collaborate and share information and ideas.
With a range of flexible layouts, Tŷ Trafod can be used for informal gatherings as well as a location for hosting dialogue and knowledge exchange events.
Partnering with WISERD to present training on combating social and political polarisation in Cardiff.
A Flourishing Aberystwyth
A collaboration with Flourish Café™ to explore ways of supporting a flourishing creative industry, entrepreneurs and community in the Aberystwyth area.
May – June 2023
Designing and Facilitating
A research and knowledge exchange event in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, bringing together academics, politicians and third sector organisations to deliberate the challenges and opportunities of making Wales a Nation of Sanctuary.
May – June 2023
Organising training opportunities for university academic and professional services staff on policy impact, facilitation and public engagement.
Developing and leading strategic workshop for the University’s Department of International Politics Department. Similar offerings are available as part of our consultation service.
One-to-one coaching on dialogue methods and design with researchers leading communities of practice around healthy ageing and transport.
Hosting events to bring together and strengthen partnerships between Hywel Dda Health Board and the University.
Nov 2022 – April 2023
Providing seed funding via HEFCW’s Research Wales Innovation Fund (RWIF) and working with academics on projects which use dialogic processes to engage with communities and co-create solutions.
Skills and Training
Hosting workshops on dialogic processes for Masters in Behaviour Change students and university staff, with a focus on what it means to individually plan and practice dialogue.
Keynote conversation on the ‘Dialogue and the nature of knowing and seeing’ with former Archbishop of Canterbury, Professor Rowan Williams, and award-winning poet and Professor of Welsh & Celtic Studies Mererid Hopwood to launch the Dialogue Centre.