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Venue: Online

Provided by: Graduate School of Life Sciences

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The Engaged Researcher Online Training: Becoming an Engaged researcher in Policy

Tue 2 Mar, Wed 3 Mar, Fri 5 Mar 2021


This week-long training will focus on Public Engagement and Policy. The week will start with a first session introducing the policy sector, possible forms of policy collaboration for researchers and professionals, the skills and competences needed and practical tips to immediately start your policy engagement. Because of the current context requiring many of us to work from home, the second session will be specifically dedicated to "branding" yourself online when reaching out to relevant policy actors. The third session will consist of an interactive meeting during which participants will pitch their research to stress its policy relevance. Instructions will be circulated during the week. There will also be available slots for personal and group mentoring. The training is open to early and mid-career researchers and professional staff willing to enhance their understanding of policy engagement.

This training will be led by Dr. Maja Spanu, Junior Research Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer to the Department of Politics and International Studies in Cambridge and postdoc lead for Humanities and Social Science fort the University’s Public Engagement Advisory Group.

Structure of the training:

Tuesday 10 am-11.15 am: Session I Introductory Session + Q&A

Wednesday 11 am-12.15 pm; Session II Branding: Linkedin and CV + Q&A

Thursday 11am-12pm or 3pm-4pm: Mentoring: available for 15-minute 1:1 sessions for direct advice on personal branding and other Q&As.

Friday 2pm-3.45pm: Session III Pitching your Research: Interactive session with pitching + participants’ feedback"

Target audience

PGR students and academic and professional staff


Number of sessions: 3

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 2 Mar   10:00 - 11:15 10:00 - 11:15 Online Maja Spanu
2 Wed 3 Mar   11:00 - 12:15 11:00 - 12:15 Online Maja Spanu
3 Fri 5 Mar   14:00 - 15:45 14:00 - 15:45 Online Maja Spanu

Participants of this training will: - gain a clear understanding of the policy sector, its expectations, and of the various options that exist for research collaborations - be able to frame and talk about their research in a ‘policy’ relevant way - find out useful ways to “brand” their profile for the policy sector (CV, linkedin, twitter) - receive concrete tips and acquire the confidence needed to engage with the policy sector today



For queries about the training

This session will take place on Zoom. If you have trouble joining the session or have any queries, please do get in touch with: Selen Etingu-Breslaw ( or Diogo Gomes Martins (

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