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Meet the scientists

We support our Research Fellows to enhance their research through public engagement, providing advice, training and support.

Members of the public interacting with scientists and exhibits at the Summer Science Exhibition.

We have a long history of engaging the public in science and helping our researchers to do this effectively is a key area of our work. 

The Meet the Scientists programme is designed to provide Research Fellows with support and new opportunities in public engagement, allowing them take part in and create research-led, effective engagement that is of benefit to them, their research and the public.

You can take a look at our case studies to hear more about the public engagement work of our Research Fellows.

Public engagement training

Please click on the courses below to find out more and register.

Communication skills for public engagement

Engaging with schools

Evaluating public engagment

Public engagement for independent researchers

We have new dates for the following training courses, aimed at scientific researchers with between 3 and 8 years post-PhD experience. Travel expenses and course fee are covered by the Royal Society for holders of University Research Fellowships, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships, Sir Henry Dale Fellowships, Newton International Fellowships and Industry Fellowships.

Public engagement for independent researchers - for those with little or no experience, who wish to gain the confidence and key skills to get started.

Communication skills for public engagement - for those with some experience who want to learn about communicating their science to new audiences.  

Engaging with schools - for those with some experience that want to engage specifically with school children.

Evaluating public engagement - for those who want to develop an evaluation plan for an existing public engagement idea.

If you are a Royal Society Research Fellow, you can sign up to our mailing list to hear about upcoming training.

Other training courses from the Royal Society - writing and media skills trainingscience policy primer and innovation and the business of science courses.

Other training

We offer bursaries for Royal Society funded researchers to attend the Public Engagement Masterclass at the Wellcome Genome Campus, which takes place in July each year. We also offer writing and media skills training, innovation and the business of science courses, pairing scheme and a mentoring scheme.


We have regular opportunities for Research Fellows to take part in public engagement. Whether it's at our monthly Café Scientifique events, at regional festivals, through Partnership Grants, judging our book prizes or demonstrating at the Science Museum Lates, there are always ways to get involved.

You can also find inspiration from our blog, where Research Fellows share their experiences of public engagement and advice for anyone looking to do more.

To hear about the latest opportunities to get involved, please email us and ask to be added to the mailing list. 

Contact us

If you would like to talk to us about public engagement, you can email us at

Case studies


Dr Anna Slater and Dr Timothy Easun

Dr Leigh Fletcher

Dr Shaena Montanari

Dr Tiffany Taylor

Dr Ventsislav Valev

Dr Yvonne Grunder

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