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Public engagement for independent researchers

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to embed public engagement into your work. Designed with early to mid-career scientists in mind, the course covers the benefits of public engagement, what ‘good’ looks like and understanding audiences, as well as how to create public engagement activities that grow out of, and complement, your research.

Researcher sharing their work with the public at Science Museum lates event

Applying for this scheme

This course is designed for early to mid-career scientists who are embarking on independent research careers (approximately three to eight years post-PhD).

The next course will be held on Monday 23 March 2020 at University of Birmingham. The course will run from 10am - 4pm. 

See below for course fees.

Register for this course

This one-day course will be delivered in an interactive and participatory style, combining discussion, reflection and activity based approaches.

The course includes a networking event with local partners who can help attendees implement their public engagement plans, as well as provide guidance and support. 

Who is it for? 

This course is for scientific researchers with three to eight years of research experience post PhD, including Royal Society grant recipients who want to learn more about sharing their research with the public and designing high-quality public engagement activities. 

What will you learn?

After this course you will know how to:

  • structure your ideas around two-way dialogues so that they lead to effective projects
  • think about and segment audiences to target your projects well
  • assess impact, and think about "designing-in" impact from the start
  • access the support and finance you need

The workshop will include a chance to meet local public engagement partners. 

Read the draft training programme (pdf).

Who is the tutor?

This course is delivered by Dr Steve Cross, a freelance public engagement consultant, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow and former Head of Public Engagement at University College London. Steve has over 10 years’ experience in public engagement and specialises in supporting researchers to engage with diverse communities.

“Steve was informative and knowledgeable. This session provided creative ways and thinking that I wasn’t aware of before.”

“Steve was great – very engaging and with lots of good advice.”

“Such a change to have a personable, engaging presenter! Inspired lots of ideas, thanks.”

How much does it cost?

This course fee is £150 + VAT.

The course fee and travel expenses are covered for Royal Society grant recipients, including the University Research Fellowship, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, Newton International Fellowship and Industry Fellowship.

Cancellation policy

If cancellation occurs more than 3 weeks in advance of the course date, but less than 4 weeks, a 50% refund will be given. However, if cancellation occurs with less than 3 weeks’ notice, unfortunately no refund will be possible.

Further training

If you’re wanting to learn more about specific areas of public engagement, we also run courses on schools engagement, communication skills for public engagement and evaluating public engagement.

You can see a full list of training opportunities offered by the Royal Society. 

Please contact us with any questions.

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