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April 2020

Mon 6
The Engaged Researcher: Famelab heats new (1 of 2) CANCELLED 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Hundreds of science communicators across the UK go head to head every year to become the FameLab UK champion. Are you interested in… Improving your communication skills, talking about your research with a public audience, joining a global network of science communicators and an all-expenses paid trip to Cheltenham Science Festival?

Please register to this event here: https://cheltenhamfestivals.wufoo.com/forms/x1rkhi9l0lsbx3e/

Wed 8
FOCUS GROUP: Is Entrepreneurship and Enterprise at Cambridge Working for you? new CANCELLED 12:30 - 13:30 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03b

We are running a series of focus groups to gain a better understanding of the entrepreneurship and enterprise landscape at Cambridge for STEMM postgraduates. We welcome everyone to come along and share their experiences and thoughts about this subject with us. Whether you have previously gained entrepreneurship and enterprise experience or thought this is an area to build on as part of your post graduate training, your contribution to these sessions would be most valuable.

Lunch will be provided as a thank you for your time and contribution.

Thu 9
The Engaged Researcher: Famelab heats new (2 of 2) CANCELLED 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Hundreds of science communicators across the UK go head to head every year to become the FameLab UK champion. Are you interested in… Improving your communication skills, talking about your research with a public audience, joining a global network of science communicators and an all-expenses paid trip to Cheltenham Science Festival?

Please register to this event here: https://cheltenhamfestivals.wufoo.com/forms/x1rkhi9l0lsbx3e/

Mon 20
FOCUS GROUP: Is Entrepreneurship and Enterprise at Cambridge Working for you? new CANCELLED 12:30 - 13:30 Student Services Centre, Meeting Room CG18

We are running a series of focus groups to gain a better understanding of the entrepreneurship and enterprise landscape at Cambridge for STEMM postgraduates. We welcome everyone to come along and share their experiences and thoughts about this subject with us. Whether you have previously gained entrepreneurship and enterprise experience or thought this is an area to build on as part of your post graduate training, your contribution to these sessions would be most valuable.

Lunch will be provided as a thank you for your time and contribution.

Thu 23
The Engaged Researcher: Working with Museums new CANCELLED 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

Museums and collections are so much more than the objects they house. They are places of research, education and engagement, and they are open to members of the public in ways that departments and colleges are not. They can allow researchers to reach a range of diverse audiences. This training session will give you an insight into the breadth of activity ongoing at University of Cambridge Museums and how it could relate to your research and public engagement plans. After this training you will have a better understanding of the opportunities to work with museums.

Tue 28
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.

Understanding Open Data new CANCELLED 10:00 - 12:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Conclusions without supporting data are just claims. More and more researchers are sharing their data to improve reproducibility, get more citations and spark collaborations, yet the process can be daunting. We will explore the benefits of sharing data, as well as any concerns you might have, and give you practical tips and tools to ensure that you make the most of the opportunity to open up your data for the world.

May 2020

Mon 4
Engaged Researcher: Masterclass - Working with funding bodies new [Places] 15:30 - 17:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

Money, money, money… Securing funding for Public Engagement projects is as a struggle professional staff and researchers are often all too familiar with. Understanding the perspective of the funding bodies can help to increase your success rates and to build up long-term collaborations with the funders. Dr Rebecca Jones, Public Engagement Manager at the Cambridge Wellcome Stem Cell Institute and former PE Manager for Wellcome trust, will share her experience from working on both sides of the equation. The session is aimed at professional staff and researchers working on public engagement funding applications or pathways to impact sections.

Mon 11
Innovation and Enterprise - a commercial perspective new CANCELLED 09:30 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Provides an understanding of the UK and European landscape for researchers in the context of future careers and collaborations with industry. Also valuable for academics looking for a career move into industry. Provides an insight into what innovation really means and introduces the practical project management tools to implement innovative projects.

Profile-Raising and Networking new CANCELLED 10:00 - 16:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

This whole day session is designed to help researchers develop strategies for making networking part of a successful career, whether inside or outside of research. It focuses on thinking about all of the researchers' working life as a route to networking, rather than being a course about "personal impact" in conference coffee breaks.

Fri 15
Problem Solving and Innovation in a Research intensive Environment new CANCELLED 10:00 - 16:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

This course has been designed to help graduates students and ECRs to develop their understanding of available tools and techniques which can aid with problem solving and innovation in a research-intensive environment.

Mon 18
The Engaged Researcher: Animate your research new [Places] 09:30 - 12:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

This course will give you an introduction to visual tools to make your research more accessible and engaging. It is all about breaking down barriers and to empower researchers and professional staff to engage well. This is often about finding a visual link for complex content. This session is going to be delivered by Dr ALina Loth, a Public Engagement professional and Illustrator (http://www.engagedart.uk/)

FOCUS GROUP: Is Entrepreneurship and Enterprise at Cambridge Working for you? new CANCELLED 12:30 - 13:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

We are running a series of focus groups to gain a better understanding of the entrepreneurship and enterprise landscape at Cambridge for STEMM postgraduates. We welcome everyone to come along and share their experiences and thoughts about this subject with us. Whether you have previously gained entrepreneurship and enterprise experience or thought this is an area to build on as part of your post graduate training, your contribution to these sessions would be most valuable.

Lunch will be provided as a thank you for your time and contribution.

Wed 20

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.

Fri 22
The Engaged Researcher: Playshop - Devising and Pitching Games Inspired by Academic Research new [Places] 13:00 - 17:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

In this hands-on session, we will be working in teams to develop pitches and prototypes for interactive experiences based on our research. You will be guided through the process of ideas generation, modelling, and playtesting, and we will conclude by pitching our game designs to each other. These games can be analogue or digital, and no previous or coding experience is required. However, you must have attended the introduction session ‘Game Changers: Using Game Design to Promote Playful Engagement with Academic Research’.

Wed 27
The Engaged Researcher: Working with Schools new [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

This short course will provide you with information about the UK school system, the reality of working with a school. It will cover ways in which the University already works with schools and how you can get involved. The course will help you decide whether working with schools is the right PE activity to achieve your intended outcomes. Finally, it will also provide you with a range of ideas of how to engage with schools and how to plan an activity. This course will be delivered with the Widening Participation team

June 2020

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.

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

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