Stoking Curiosity: call for contributions

Staffordshire University is the Connected University and public engagement in research is just one way in which we can build great connections through sharing and creating knowledge with local people, other academics and organisations in Staffordshire. Stoking Curiosity, now in its second year, is co-organised in a partnership between Keele and Staffordshire Universities, the communities of Stoke-on-Trent and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. The festival takes place at the historic Spode Works in the town of Stoke, and this year we would like you to take part.

Stoking Curiosity Logo

Get involved

Stoking Curiosity is a festival that builds and nurtures a community of curious people in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. We celebrate being inquisitive, spark ideas and get involved in research together in our communities. The festival is free to attend and last year exhibitors included academics, artists, creative thinkers and curious people from the local area, all passionate about exploring and sharing knowledge more widely.

The festival presents a great opportunity for academic researchers, local people and organisations to share or create knowledge. You can do this in a variety of ways that have audience participation at the heart of the activity. If you already are an engaged researcher or considering engaging with a public group in research, the festival offers a chance to make new partnerships or build on previous ones. The networking opportunities and use of curiosity as a lever to engage people in research are particular strengths of the festival.

Stoking Curiosity poster exhibit


The call-out for contributions to the 2019 Stoking Curiosity Festival is now open. Please respond now if you would like to contribute to the festival, even if you only have a very basic idea of your contribution at this stage.

To offer an expression of interest please complete the Call for Entries form. The deadline for registering your interest is Wednesday 31st July 2019.

To find out more, visit the Stoking Curiosity website. There you can find information about:

  • Stoking Curiosity 2018 (evaluation, images, overview)
  • Stoking Curiosity 2019 – current overview and announcement of this year’s dates
  • Taking Part 2019 – information about why and how to get involved including the activity submission form
  • FAQs

Follow Stoking Curiosity at @stokingcurios on Twitter and @stokingcuriosity on Instagram. Like our Facebook page.

Signage to curiosities at the Stoking Curiosity event 2018

Please share! 

Please feel free to pass on this invitation to lead an activity to anyone you know who may be interested.

Get in touch

If you’d like to discuss how to get involved please contact Nic Gratton at or on +44 (0)1782 292751.