School of Health in Social Science

Public engagement

This page provides details of other public engagement events and activities we are involved in.



Public engagement event Details


Children and animals; pet science for kids flyer


Walpole Hall, St Marys Cathedral, 27 Chester St, Edinburgh, EH3 7EN


Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science:  

Saturday 9th November 2019

This event brought together a range of animal welfare charities, primary schools, children and their families, to learn more about pets, the environment and science.

Examples of exciting and educationally stimulating learning opportunities included:

  • Puppy love (with a therapy dog) - all about dogs and how they can benefit people (Therapets).
  • A cat’s world - cat behaviour and senses (Cats Protection and the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home).
  • Bunnies have feelings too! (Scottish SPCA) - rabbit welfare, and the care rabbits need to be happy and healthy.
  • Birds Brains! (National Museum of Scotland) - the intelligence of birds and their capacity to think and feel.
  • Would dinosaurs make good pets? (National Museum of Scotland) - fossil evolution, lizards and snakes.
  • Designing a pet palace - arts and crafts activities, designing homes for pets and creating toys for pets .
  • My pets, my planet! (Scottish SPCA and others) - how to make small changes in behaviour in order to care for animals and the planet.
  • I’m a pet scientist! (University researchers) - iPad tasks about animal emotion recognition and their relationship with pets.

This event attracted around 160 people (children and their families). 

Keep Calm



Ikea Edinburgh

Part of the Midlothian Science Festival:

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Researchers from the School of Health in Social Science took over the IKEA showroom with a host of activities for all the family exploring our brains, what stresses them out and how to keep them healthy! Caar contributed, with lots of activities relating to pets and the ways they can help us in our everyday lives.


This event attracted around 90 people (children and their families).