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Public engagement in practice

This course is for scientists with prior experience in public engagement. The course aims to enhance your public engagement knowledge, practice and skills, and help you create more relevant, meaningful and effective engagement activities.

Applying for this scheme

This course is designed for early-mid career scientists who are embarking on independent research careers (approx. 2 – 10 years post-PhD). 

The next course date is: 

Tuesday 14 November, 10am – 5pm, Manchester. 

See below for course fees. This course is held at the Museum of Science and Industry

Register for this course

This course will help you to create or improve your existing public engagement activities and practice, producing projects that are meaningful, effective and that reach your intended goals. 

Designed with early-mid career researchers in mind, the course includes sessions on placing your research in a cultural context, exploring audience perspectives, building partnerships, exploring creative engagement techniques and reviewing effective evaluation. 

This course offers you the opportunity to share experiences and learning with like-minded scientists, to reflect on your own activities and aspirations, to explore current and emerging practice in public engagement, and to generate ideas that connect to your research.

This course will be delivered in an interactive and participatory style, combining discussion, reflection and activity based approaches. 
As part of the training, you will have the opportunity to discuss your engagement work in a surgery session with the course providers and staff from the Society, as well as being linked to specific opportunities for further development and practice.

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Fee and bursaries

This course fee is £150 + VAT

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

About the tutors

This course is delivered by Dr Ceri Harrop and Dee-Ann Johnson. Ceri is a freelance public engagement professional currently working with The Francis Crick Institute and The University of Manchester University. Ceri has an excellent track record of supporting scientists to engage the public in their work. Dee-Ann is a communications and training professional working at The University of Manchester and runs a training consultancy. Dee-Ann delivers training in public engagement, communication, leadership and project management and is also an accredited executive coach. Together, Ceri and Dee-Ann bring over 22 years of combined experience in providing professional development support to academic and research communities.

Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 3 weeks before the course, you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel within 3 weeks of the course, you will not receive a refund.

Further training

If you’re just starting out in public engagement, why not try our introduction course. If you want to work with schools, try our engaging with schools course.

Please contact us with any questions.