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Public engagement for independent researchers


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This full-day in-person training course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to embed public engagement into your work.

Future dates will be posted here. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

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About the course

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.

The course will be delivered in an interactive and participatory style, combining discussion, reflection and activity-based approaches. The entire programme will be full of case studies and anecdotes from 15 years in public engagement, focusing on my experience with researchers whose experience directly relates to those on the course

Who is it for? 

This course is designed for holders of University Research Fellowships, Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowships, Sir Henry Dale Fellowships, Newton International Fellowships, and Industry Fellowships.

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

Download the course overview.

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.”

Upcoming dates

Register for our next training course on Monday 6 March 2023, 10am-4pm.  

How much does it cost? 

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

Further training 

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

Please contact us with any questions.

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