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The Engaged Researcher: Public Engagement Training

Programme of events provided by Graduate School of Life Sciences
(Mon 14 Oct 2019 - Thu 27 Feb 2020)

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Mon 14 Oct – Thu 27 Feb 2020

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October 2019

Mon 14
The Engaged Researcher: Introduction to Social Media Engagement new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

This course will cover how to use Social Media tools for Public Engagement. The course will be delivered by the Social Media and AV team.

Mon 28
The Engaged Researcher: Finding Your Research Story new Finished 09:30 - 13:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

We all love a good story- whether it’s the latest bestselling fiction book or a cheesy soap. And science is full of stories- stories of discovery, of persistence, of hope. Finding these stories can help take your public engagement to the next level, whatever medium you use to communicate.

Thu 31

This short course covers the what, why and how of public engagement and communication. The course is for research staff and PhD students who want to gain the skills and confidence required to plan and deliver an impactful public engagement project.

November 2019

Wed 6
The Engaged Researcher: Telling Your Research Story new Finished 09:30 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

Whether at a conference, a science festival or in the pub, all scientists need to be able to talk about their work in an engaging and understandable way. This practical, hands-on session will help scientists develop their communication skills, so they are confident talking to diverse audiences in a range of environments.

Fri 8
The Engaged Researcher: Media training new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

This course gives an introduction into how to engage with the public through media. It will cover the differing types of media, what makes research newsworthy, how to work with the communications office to gain media coverage, what to expect from an interview (print, pre-recorded, live) and how to communicate well in interviews. It will be delivered jointly with the University Communications team

Wed 13
The Engaged Researcher: Pathways to Impact and Public Engagement new Finished 12:00 - 14:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room G

What is in Impact? This course is going to disentangle academic and non-academic impact. It will explore the current research environment and impact agenda and help you understand how research is funded. You will get to discuss your research in small groups, and think about the types of impact it could generate. You will also understand where Public Engagement sits in the wider Impact agenda. You will have the opportunity to analyse impact cases studies that featured Public Engagement as a pathway to Impact. (Lunch will be provided)

Mon 18
The Engaged Researcher: Shooting your research video new [Places] 09:30 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A video is a great way to spread the message of your research to different public audiences across the World! Attendees will be equipped with the skills needed to plan and shoot high quality footage for your very own research-video.

It is strongly recommended that you also attend The Engaged Researcher: Editing Your Research Video session.

(Lunch will be provided)

Fri 22
The Engaged Researcher: Editing your Research Video new [Places] 09:30 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Shot your research video? Got lots of video clips, photographs & audio you want to bring together to make one research video to share with public audiences around the World? Attendees on this course will learn how to cut, add soundtracks and do audio-mixing to edit their very own research video.

Wed 27
The Engaged Researcher: Working with Museums new [Places] 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

Museums and collections are so much more than the objects they house. They are places of research, education and engagement, and they are open to members of the public in ways that departments and colleges are not. They can allow researchers to reach a range of diverse audiences. This training session will give you an insight into the breadth of activity ongoing at University of Cambridge Museums and how it could relate to your research and public engagement plans. After this training you will have a better understanding of the opportunities to work with museums.

Fri 29
The Engaged Researcher: An introduction to planning and evaluating impactful public engagement new [Places] 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Multi-function Room

This short course covers the what, why and how of public engagement and communication. The course is for research staff and PhD students who want to gain the skills and confidence required to plan and deliver an impactful public engagement project.

December 2019

Tue 3
The Engaged Researcher: Evaluation of Public Engagement new [Places] 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Successful engagement with the public can benefit research, researchers and the public – but how do you go about demonstrating this change? Evaluation of engagement doesn’t just help us demonstrate the value of our PE initiatives but can help bring us closer to our audiences by giving the public a strong clear voice. This workshop will guide you through the best evaluation processes showing you When, Why and crucially How to use evaluation to give you reliable and clear data. Demonstrate success to funders; record Impact for REF; learn how to improve your processes and have a better understanding of the people you are connecting with. This course is going to be run by Jamie Galagher: Jamie is an award-winning freelance science communicator and engagement professional. He has delivered training around the world, from skyscrapers of Hong Kong to tents in the African bush. Having had four years’ experience as the central PE lead for the University of Glasgow he has worked on improving the reach, profile and impact of research engagement in almost every academic discipline. Specialising in evaluation Jamie provides consultancy services to charities and universities helping them to demonstrate their impact and understand their audiences and stakeholders. Jamie is also an associate editor of the Research for All journal. He was named as one of the “100 leading practising scientists in the UK” by the Science Council and as one of the “175 Faces of Chemistry” by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He won the International 3 Minute Thesis Competition and Famelab Scotland. www.jamiebgall.co.uk @jamiebgall

Mon 9
The Engaged Researcher: Comedy in communicating your research new [Places] 14:00 - 17:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Ever wanted to bring comedy into your public engagement projects? This is for you, as trainer Steve Cross helps researchers to improve their communication skills, build confidence and find creative ways of communicating their research.

January 2020

Tue 21
The Engaged Researcher: Media training [Places] 10:00 - 13:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 11

This course gives an introduction into how to engage with the public through media. It will cover the differing types of media, what makes research newsworthy, how to work with the communications office to gain media coverage, what to expect from an interview (print, pre-recorded, live) and how to communicate well in interviews. It will be delivered jointly with the University Communications team

February 2020

Tue 4

This short course covers the what, why and how of public engagement and communication. The course is for research staff and PhD students who want to gain the skills and confidence required to plan and deliver an impactful public engagement project.

Mon 10
The Engaged Researcher: Working with Schools new [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room G

This short course will provide you with information about the UK school system, the reality of working with a school. It will cover ways in which the University already works with schools and how you can get involved. The course will help you decide whether working with schools is the right PE activity to achieve your intended outcomes. Finally, it will also provide you with a range of ideas of how to engage with schools and how to plan an activity. This course will be delivered with the Widening Participation team

Thu 27
The Engaged Researcher: Introduction to Social Media Engagement new [Places] 10:00 - 13:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 10

This course will cover how to use Social Media tools for Public Engagement. The course will be delivered by the Social Media and AV team.