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June 2020

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)