The Wellcome Trust's conference 'Science for all: is public engagement engaging the public?' brought together a stimulating mix of people interested in the interactions between science and the rest of society. Many had been funded by the Wellcome Trust, others were keen to find out more about the nature of this relatively new area, and some from outside the UK brought an international perspective.
The subtitle of the conference, 'Is public engagement engaging the public?', hinted at a key issue exercising the minds of public engagement professionals - whether activities are successfully engaging all sectors of society - but in practice discussion and debate ranged more broadly. Indeed, one of the most notable features of the conference was the way people from a multitude of disciplines had the chance to meet and share experiences.