Public Engagement

Public Engagement is a really important part of the MYRIAD programme. We have developed a programme of activities to inspire and enrich the lives of young people of all ages both inside and outside of the school setting.

Our flagship programme – The Teenage Brain – is designed to inspire people with the science of the brain, informed by research into behaviours like risk taking, emotions and attention. It is based on some of the latest research into the mysterious working of the adolescent brain.

The Myriad Research Challenge provides young people with an insight into the research process, giving them to opportunity to design and shape research questions, analysing their own data and with the long-term goal to use the answers the young people provide to shape future research into wellbeing. To date nearly 800 young people have contributed research questions to the project.

We have also developed a suite of research and careers workshops. These workshops have proved to be ever popular with our schools and are helping young people to develop skills and consider whether studying at a university would be right for them.

Finally, we are also working to develop a suite of digital resources that capture the role that mindfulness might play in helping young people live healthier and happier lives. We want to improve understanding amongst young people and adolescents of the potential role that mindfulness practice can play in fostering positive attributes such as attentional control and self-regulation, as part of everyday life. We want to provide a set of science-backed, straightforward resources that provide an informative, evidence-based narrative around central questions such as “What is mindfulness?” “How can mindfulness support mental health and well-being?” and “What is mindfulness training?”.

All our activities are being delivered to schools involved in the research trial. If you would like to find out more, please contact us.

The funding for this work has been provided by The Wellcome Trust and the Johnny Wilkinson Foundation.