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Call for participation: The Bristol Forum March 2019


The Bristol Forum: Creating positive action through research and collaboration.

The Bristol Forum is an initiative inspired by the One City approach to bring together researchers with organisations across the city to address the challenges we face. In March 2019 the University of Bristol, University of the West of England and the City Office will host the first in a series of events to ask how we work together to tackle inequalities in Bristol. Bristol Green Capital Partnership is involved in the forum’s Collaborative Design Group to support the event, alongside other Bristol based organisations Power to Change, Creative Youth Network, Babbasa, We the Curious, Bristol Health Partners, Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Voscur and the Care Forum.

The broad aims of the Forum are to:

  • Share intelligence, knowledge and insights relating to the challenges facing the city/city region
  • Create new opportunities for students, researchers, community organisations, businesses, trade unions and others to share their work, build collaborations and develop new action/research projects
  • Feed research findings and suggestions into the ongoing development of the Bristol One City Plan which is designed to put forward a vision and strategy for the future of Bristol going through to 2050

Take part in the 2019 Bristol Forum event

Call for Participation – deadline 10th January 2019

The first Bristol Forum will take place in City Hall on Friday 29 March 2019. Using the One City approach, which aims to harness expertise from across the city to solve challenges, the 2019 forum will share research findings relating to the city, explore the relationship between the universities and the city, and invite stakeholders from across the city to share their perspectives on Bristol’s challenges.

The Forum would like to invite contributions which explore how research, knowledge and practical action can address key challenges facing Bristol. This might include:

  • What are the findings of recent and current research on the challenges facing the city?
  • How do we collectively identify and address challenges in the city?
  • What diverse challenges are public organisations, businesses, neighbourhoods and citizens facing that research could help tackle?
  • What activities are effective in engaging communities, researchers, educators, students and other actors in addressing key challenges?
  • Ideas for generating new collaborations.

The event will be free to participate and welcomes community organisations and researchers, civic leaders and businesses, educators and digital technologists, heritage specialists and environmental experts, artists, performers, creative imaginaries and all others with an interest in making Bristol an inclusive, prosperous and sustainable city. The Forum welcome a diversity of views and inputs and wants to provide an opportunity for those voices that do not normally get heard in citywide debates to contribute their knowledge and insights.

It will be a highly interactive event with sessions that bring everyone together around broad themes and a variety of sessions focused on specific topics and initiatives. The aim is to create an interactive and informal space for dialogue and ideas which move beyond silos or simple presentations of research findings. To do so they would like to invite you to co-produce some of the sessions together.

  • The Forum welcomes submission of proposals of 500 words that address the key questions above or set out other challenges in Bristol by Thursday 10th January – find more information here.
  • If you would like further guidance on your submission, please contact

Suggestions for Submissions

Short presentations and poster sessions
These fast and dynamic presentations or displays are an ideal innovative format to communicate research findings and test preliminary ideas. They may be particularly useful for those wishing to present new directions and innovations. You will have 5 minutes to pitch your ideas, which will be followed by a curated conversation. Please submit a 500-word abstract identifying the topic, how it will fit with the overall theme of the event, which specific ideas you will explore and what conversations you would like to spark.

Outdoor activities
These sessions include any walking, outdoor or city visiting activities that will take approximately 90 minutes. Please submit 500 words to explain what your trip/walk would look like, how it would relate to the overall theme of the event and what contingency planning you would have in place, should the weather decide to meddle in your plans.

You could present new research findings relating to Bristol or pose challenges relating to the City of Bristol (no more than 15 minutes). Talks will be grouped into sessions so that they can be held in conversation with other relevant speakers and ideas.

Workshops and practical sessions
These sessions could be used to tackle urban challenges in a hands-on, practical way. They can be used to develop actionable, step-by-step guides to deal with specific issues in Bristol or develop a collaborative approach to challenges.

Interactive talks or experiential sessions
Some forms of engagement and research may require a higher level of audience participation or a more creative use of space. For example, an interactive talk, an art, music or dance piece, or you may wish to create an interactive dialogue with the audience or create a small physical spaces/community corner, where you can develop an experience or an installation. In your submission please explain how you would use it to address the core themes of the event.

We also welcome any other suggestions you may have for sessions, for example hands-on activities or demonstrations of technology could be submitted.


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