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June 2020

Mon 1

This week-long training will focus on Public Engagement and Policy. The week will start with a first session introducing the policy sector, possible forms of policy collaboration for researchers and professionals, the skills and competences needed and practical tips to immediately start your policy engagement. Because of the current context requiring many of us to work from home, the second session will be specifically dedicated to „branding“ yourself online when reaching out to relevant policy actors. The third session will consist of an interactive meeting during which participants will pitch their research to stress its policy relevance. Instructions will be circulated during the week. There will also be available slots for personal and group mentoring. The training is open to early and mid career researchers and professional staff willing to enhance their understanding of policy engagement.

This training will be led by Dr. Maja Spanu, a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations in Cambridge and postdoc lead for Humanities and Social Science fort the University’s Public Engagement Advisory Group.

Structure of the session: Monday 11 am-11.45 am: Session I Introductory Session + Q&A Tuesday 11 am: Dissemination of written instructions on Teams platform for Friday’s session on ‘pitching your research’. Available to answer questions on Teams’ chat Wednesday 11 am-11.45 am; Session II Branding: Linkedin and CV + Q&A Thursday 11am-12pm or 3pm-4pm: Mentoring: available for two one-hour sessions for direct advice on personal branding and other Q&As. Join the conversation! Friday 2pm-3.15pm: Session III Pitching your Research: Interactive session with pitching + participants’ feedback

Tue 2
How to write an academic paper and get it published (Life Sciences) CANCELLED 09:30 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

The course takes an evidence-based approach to writing. Participants will learn that publishing is a game and the more they understand the rules of the game the higher their chances of becoming publishing authors. They will learn that writing an academic article and getting it published may help with their careers but it does not make them better researchers, or cleverer than they were before their paper was accepted; it simply means they have played the game well.

Suitable for GSLS postgraduates in any discipline who are keen to learn how to write academic papers and articles efficiently as well as more established researchers who have had papers rejected and are not really sure why.

If you want a better chance of your name on a paper, this is for you!

Trainer

Olivia Timbs is an award-winning editor and journalist with over 30 years' experience gained from working on national newspapers and for a range of specialist health and medical journals.

This week-long training will focus on Public Engagement and Policy. The week will start with a first session introducing the policy sector, possible forms of policy collaboration for researchers and professionals, the skills and competences needed and practical tips to immediately start your policy engagement. Because of the current context requiring many of us to work from home, the second session will be specifically dedicated to „branding“ yourself online when reaching out to relevant policy actors. The third session will consist of an interactive meeting during which participants will pitch their research to stress its policy relevance. Instructions will be circulated during the week. There will also be available slots for personal and group mentoring. The training is open to early and mid career researchers and professional staff willing to enhance their understanding of policy engagement.

This training will be led by Dr. Maja Spanu, a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations in Cambridge and postdoc lead for Humanities and Social Science fort the University’s Public Engagement Advisory Group.

Structure of the session: Monday 11 am-11.45 am: Session I Introductory Session + Q&A Tuesday 11 am: Dissemination of written instructions on Teams platform for Friday’s session on ‘pitching your research’. Available to answer questions on Teams’ chat Wednesday 11 am-11.45 am; Session II Branding: Linkedin and CV + Q&A Thursday 11am-12pm or 3pm-4pm: Mentoring: available for two one-hour sessions for direct advice on personal branding and other Q&As. Join the conversation! Friday 2pm-3.15pm: Session III Pitching your Research: Interactive session with pitching + participants’ feedback

Wed 3

This week-long training will focus on Public Engagement and Policy. The week will start with a first session introducing the policy sector, possible forms of policy collaboration for researchers and professionals, the skills and competences needed and practical tips to immediately start your policy engagement. Because of the current context requiring many of us to work from home, the second session will be specifically dedicated to „branding“ yourself online when reaching out to relevant policy actors. The third session will consist of an interactive meeting during which participants will pitch their research to stress its policy relevance. Instructions will be circulated during the week. There will also be available slots for personal and group mentoring. The training is open to early and mid career researchers and professional staff willing to enhance their understanding of policy engagement.

This training will be led by Dr. Maja Spanu, a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations in Cambridge and postdoc lead for Humanities and Social Science fort the University’s Public Engagement Advisory Group.

Structure of the session: Monday 11 am-11.45 am: Session I Introductory Session + Q&A Tuesday 11 am: Dissemination of written instructions on Teams platform for Friday’s session on ‘pitching your research’. Available to answer questions on Teams’ chat Wednesday 11 am-11.45 am; Session II Branding: Linkedin and CV + Q&A Thursday 11am-12pm or 3pm-4pm: Mentoring: available for two one-hour sessions for direct advice on personal branding and other Q&As. Join the conversation! Friday 2pm-3.15pm: Session III Pitching your Research: Interactive session with pitching + participants’ feedback

Thu 4

This week-long training will focus on Public Engagement and Policy. The week will start with a first session introducing the policy sector, possible forms of policy collaboration for researchers and professionals, the skills and competences needed and practical tips to immediately start your policy engagement. Because of the current context requiring many of us to work from home, the second session will be specifically dedicated to „branding“ yourself online when reaching out to relevant policy actors. The third session will consist of an interactive meeting during which participants will pitch their research to stress its policy relevance. Instructions will be circulated during the week. There will also be available slots for personal and group mentoring. The training is open to early and mid career researchers and professional staff willing to enhance their understanding of policy engagement.

This training will be led by Dr. Maja Spanu, a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations in Cambridge and postdoc lead for Humanities and Social Science fort the University’s Public Engagement Advisory Group.

Structure of the session: Monday 11 am-11.45 am: Session I Introductory Session + Q&A Tuesday 11 am: Dissemination of written instructions on Teams platform for Friday’s session on ‘pitching your research’. Available to answer questions on Teams’ chat Wednesday 11 am-11.45 am; Session II Branding: Linkedin and CV + Q&A Thursday 11am-12pm or 3pm-4pm: Mentoring: available for two one-hour sessions for direct advice on personal branding and other Q&As. Join the conversation! Friday 2pm-3.15pm: Session III Pitching your Research: Interactive session with pitching + participants’ feedback

Fri 5

This week-long training will focus on Public Engagement and Policy. The week will start with a first session introducing the policy sector, possible forms of policy collaboration for researchers and professionals, the skills and competences needed and practical tips to immediately start your policy engagement. Because of the current context requiring many of us to work from home, the second session will be specifically dedicated to „branding“ yourself online when reaching out to relevant policy actors. The third session will consist of an interactive meeting during which participants will pitch their research to stress its policy relevance. Instructions will be circulated during the week. There will also be available slots for personal and group mentoring. The training is open to early and mid career researchers and professional staff willing to enhance their understanding of policy engagement.

This training will be led by Dr. Maja Spanu, a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations in Cambridge and postdoc lead for Humanities and Social Science fort the University’s Public Engagement Advisory Group.

Structure of the session: Monday 11 am-11.45 am: Session I Introductory Session + Q&A Tuesday 11 am: Dissemination of written instructions on Teams platform for Friday’s session on ‘pitching your research’. Available to answer questions on Teams’ chat Wednesday 11 am-11.45 am; Session II Branding: Linkedin and CV + Q&A Thursday 11am-12pm or 3pm-4pm: Mentoring: available for two one-hour sessions for direct advice on personal branding and other Q&As. Join the conversation! Friday 2pm-3.15pm: Session III Pitching your Research: Interactive session with pitching + participants’ feedback

Mon 8

We’ll be looking at the what, why and how of public engagement and introducing researchers to some of the ways to plan an effective public engagement project. Topics: • The what: definitions of public engagement, who are the public, what activities count as engagement, what are the goals? • The why: University commitment to PE, REF, Funders • The how: the Logic Model approach to planning PE, practical considerations, moving engagement online and opportunities at the University.

Course structure: Monday 10am-11am: Introduction to PE Wednesday 10am-11am: Evaluation and online PE tips and hints and opportunities at the University Friday 10am-noon: Do you have any questions? 1:1 advice sessions (optional)

Wed 10

We’ll be looking at the what, why and how of public engagement and introducing researchers to some of the ways to plan an effective public engagement project. Topics: • The what: definitions of public engagement, who are the public, what activities count as engagement, what are the goals? • The why: University commitment to PE, REF, Funders • The how: the Logic Model approach to planning PE, practical considerations, moving engagement online and opportunities at the University.

Course structure: Monday 10am-11am: Introduction to PE Wednesday 10am-11am: Evaluation and online PE tips and hints and opportunities at the University Friday 10am-noon: Do you have any questions? 1:1 advice sessions (optional)

Fri 12

We’ll be looking at the what, why and how of public engagement and introducing researchers to some of the ways to plan an effective public engagement project. Topics: • The what: definitions of public engagement, who are the public, what activities count as engagement, what are the goals? • The why: University commitment to PE, REF, Funders • The how: the Logic Model approach to planning PE, practical considerations, moving engagement online and opportunities at the University.

Course structure: Monday 10am-11am: Introduction to PE Wednesday 10am-11am: Evaluation and online PE tips and hints and opportunities at the University Friday 10am-noon: Do you have any questions? 1:1 advice sessions (optional)

Thu 18
The Engaged Researcher: Research story telling new CANCELLED 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

The course will explore key components of narratives that create persuasive and memorable stories.

Mon 22

You don’t think you are creative? Think again! This course is all about discovering easily accessible methods of visual storytelling to make your research more engaging. Visualisations are key to successful research story telling (and often research processes itself). They can help engage wide audiences effectively as well as communicate research quickly and intuitively to a wide range of audiences. This course is an introduction to a variety of different approaches to visual research storytelling. Topics range from images for social media to visual abstracts for publications. The trainer is working with you personally to develop your new creative skills and to get started with your very own research visualisation.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to using and producing visualisations for your research Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise Friday Session 3: - showcase and presentation of the produced animations

Please note that a separate training focusing on the use of animations for research story telling is being offered as part of the Engaged Researcher Online Training.

Wed 24

You don’t think you are creative? Think again! This course is all about discovering easily accessible methods of visual storytelling to make your research more engaging. Visualisations are key to successful research story telling (and often research processes itself). They can help engage wide audiences effectively as well as communicate research quickly and intuitively to a wide range of audiences. This course is an introduction to a variety of different approaches to visual research storytelling. Topics range from images for social media to visual abstracts for publications. The trainer is working with you personally to develop your new creative skills and to get started with your very own research visualisation.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to using and producing visualisations for your research Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise Friday Session 3: - showcase and presentation of the produced animations

Please note that a separate training focusing on the use of animations for research story telling is being offered as part of the Engaged Researcher Online Training.

Fri 26

You don’t think you are creative? Think again! This course is all about discovering easily accessible methods of visual storytelling to make your research more engaging. Visualisations are key to successful research story telling (and often research processes itself). They can help engage wide audiences effectively as well as communicate research quickly and intuitively to a wide range of audiences. This course is an introduction to a variety of different approaches to visual research storytelling. Topics range from images for social media to visual abstracts for publications. The trainer is working with you personally to develop your new creative skills and to get started with your very own research visualisation.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to using and producing visualisations for your research Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise Friday Session 3: - showcase and presentation of the produced animations

Please note that a separate training focusing on the use of animations for research story telling is being offered as part of the Engaged Researcher Online Training.

Mon 29

This week-long training will focus on professional „branding“ outside of academia. The week will start with a first session introducing the importance of presenting yourself and your ideas in the right way to the stakeholders you are interested in connecting with professionally (cultural-creative, not-for-profit, policy, private audiences). The session will then delve into how to present your skills and your experience to position yourself credibly in a relevant field, whether on linkedin, through your cv and bio, or by ‘online’ networking. The second session will be specifically dedicated to thinking creatively about branding. It will provide participants with practical tips to building a ‘good-looking’ online profile (focusing specifically on constructing a website and cv) and merchandise (including business cards). At the end of the week, participants will also have the opportunity to participate in 30-minute mentorship sessions where participants will present the results of the work undertaken during the week to the trainers (whether a new plan for a website, a revised CV or linkedin profile) and will get the opportunity to receive direct feedback on their work in progress. Instructions will be circulated during the week.

This training will be co-led by Dr Alina Loth and Dr Maja Spanu. Alina is the Public Engagement and Impact Manager at Cambridge and a freelance research illustrator. Maja is a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations at Cambridge and postdoc lead for Humanities and Social Science for the university’s Public Engagement Advisory Group.

Course structure: Session 1: Introductory Session ‘Branding - the why and how?’ Session 2: Thinking creatively about branding Session 3: There will be 30 min time-slots on Thursday and Friday to present your work to the trainers and get individual mentoring

What might your research project look like if it were presented as a video game? What rules would structure a board game based on your work? What toys could you make to encourage people to play with your key concepts? This session introduces the basics of game design and models a method for identifying the rules and mechanics that structure playful experiences. Using a series of case studies, we will examine the intersection between academic research and game design, and discuss how playful thinking can facilitate innovation, experimentation, and sustained engagement.

July 2020

Wed 1

This week-long training will focus on professional „branding“ outside of academia. The week will start with a first session introducing the importance of presenting yourself and your ideas in the right way to the stakeholders you are interested in connecting with professionally (cultural-creative, not-for-profit, policy, private audiences). The session will then delve into how to present your skills and your experience to position yourself credibly in a relevant field, whether on linkedin, through your cv and bio, or by ‘online’ networking. The second session will be specifically dedicated to thinking creatively about branding. It will provide participants with practical tips to building a ‘good-looking’ online profile (focusing specifically on constructing a website and cv) and merchandise (including business cards). At the end of the week, participants will also have the opportunity to participate in 30-minute mentorship sessions where participants will present the results of the work undertaken during the week to the trainers (whether a new plan for a website, a revised CV or linkedin profile) and will get the opportunity to receive direct feedback on their work in progress. Instructions will be circulated during the week.

This training will be co-led by Dr Alina Loth and Dr Maja Spanu. Alina is the Public Engagement and Impact Manager at Cambridge and a freelance research illustrator. Maja is a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations at Cambridge and postdoc lead for Humanities and Social Science for the university’s Public Engagement Advisory Group.

Course structure: Session 1: Introductory Session ‘Branding - the why and how?’ Session 2: Thinking creatively about branding Session 3: There will be 30 min time-slots on Thursday and Friday to present your work to the trainers and get individual mentoring

What might your research project look like if it were presented as a video game? What rules would structure a board game based on your work? What toys could you make to encourage people to play with your key concepts? This session introduces the basics of game design and models a method for identifying the rules and mechanics that structure playful experiences. Using a series of case studies, we will examine the intersection between academic research and game design, and discuss how playful thinking can facilitate innovation, experimentation, and sustained engagement.

Thu 2

This week-long training will focus on professional „branding“ outside of academia. The week will start with a first session introducing the importance of presenting yourself and your ideas in the right way to the stakeholders you are interested in connecting with professionally (cultural-creative, not-for-profit, policy, private audiences). The session will then delve into how to present your skills and your experience to position yourself credibly in a relevant field, whether on linkedin, through your cv and bio, or by ‘online’ networking. The second session will be specifically dedicated to thinking creatively about branding. It will provide participants with practical tips to building a ‘good-looking’ online profile (focusing specifically on constructing a website and cv) and merchandise (including business cards). At the end of the week, participants will also have the opportunity to participate in 30-minute mentorship sessions where participants will present the results of the work undertaken during the week to the trainers (whether a new plan for a website, a revised CV or linkedin profile) and will get the opportunity to receive direct feedback on their work in progress. Instructions will be circulated during the week.

This training will be co-led by Dr Alina Loth and Dr Maja Spanu. Alina is the Public Engagement and Impact Manager at Cambridge and a freelance research illustrator. Maja is a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations at Cambridge and postdoc lead for Humanities and Social Science for the university’s Public Engagement Advisory Group.

Course structure: Session 1: Introductory Session ‘Branding - the why and how?’ Session 2: Thinking creatively about branding Session 3: There will be 30 min time-slots on Thursday and Friday to present your work to the trainers and get individual mentoring

Fri 3

What might your research project look like if it were presented as a video game? What rules would structure a board game based on your work? What toys could you make to encourage people to play with your key concepts? This session introduces the basics of game design and models a method for identifying the rules and mechanics that structure playful experiences. Using a series of case studies, we will examine the intersection between academic research and game design, and discuss how playful thinking can facilitate innovation, experimentation, and sustained engagement.

Mon 6

Children are our next generation of researchers and as an audience for Research Engagement, they can be both rewarding and challenging. More than ever, online content plays an important role in reaching and inspiring children of different age groups for research. With so much content already out there how to make new and relevant content online? What are parents and teachers looking for? What safeguarding considerations should you have? This course will aim to answer these and other questions and provide guidance in creating content.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to producing engaging online content with children and instructions on how to develop the project throughout the week Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise Friday Session 3: - showcase of the projects

Wed 8

Children are our next generation of researchers and as an audience for Research Engagement, they can be both rewarding and challenging. More than ever, online content plays an important role in reaching and inspiring children of different age groups for research. With so much content already out there how to make new and relevant content online? What are parents and teachers looking for? What safeguarding considerations should you have? This course will aim to answer these and other questions and provide guidance in creating content.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to producing engaging online content with children and instructions on how to develop the project throughout the week Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise Friday Session 3: - showcase of the projects

Fri 10

Children are our next generation of researchers and as an audience for Research Engagement, they can be both rewarding and challenging. More than ever, online content plays an important role in reaching and inspiring children of different age groups for research. With so much content already out there how to make new and relevant content online? What are parents and teachers looking for? What safeguarding considerations should you have? This course will aim to answer these and other questions and provide guidance in creating content.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to producing engaging online content with children and instructions on how to develop the project throughout the week Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise Friday Session 3: - showcase of the projects

Mon 20

We’ll be looking at the what, why and how of public engagement and introducing researchers to some of the ways to plan an effective public engagement project. Topics: • The what: definitions of public engagement, who are the public, what activities count as engagement, what are the goals? • The why: University commitment to PE, REF, Funders • The how: the Logic Model approach to planning PE, practical considerations, moving engagement online and opportunities at the University.

Course structure: Monday 10am-11am: Introduction to PE Wednesday 10am-11am: Evaluation and online PE tips and hints and opportunities at the University Friday 10am-noon: Do you have any questions? 1:1 advice sessions (optional)

Wed 22

We’ll be looking at the what, why and how of public engagement and introducing researchers to some of the ways to plan an effective public engagement project. Topics: • The what: definitions of public engagement, who are the public, what activities count as engagement, what are the goals? • The why: University commitment to PE, REF, Funders • The how: the Logic Model approach to planning PE, practical considerations, moving engagement online and opportunities at the University.

Course structure: Monday 10am-11am: Introduction to PE Wednesday 10am-11am: Evaluation and online PE tips and hints and opportunities at the University Friday 10am-noon: Do you have any questions? 1:1 advice sessions (optional)

Fri 24

We’ll be looking at the what, why and how of public engagement and introducing researchers to some of the ways to plan an effective public engagement project. Topics: • The what: definitions of public engagement, who are the public, what activities count as engagement, what are the goals? • The why: University commitment to PE, REF, Funders • The how: the Logic Model approach to planning PE, practical considerations, moving engagement online and opportunities at the University.

Course structure: Monday 10am-11am: Introduction to PE Wednesday 10am-11am: Evaluation and online PE tips and hints and opportunities at the University Friday 10am-noon: Do you have any questions? 1:1 advice sessions (optional)