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The Engaged Researcher: Public Engagement Training

Programme of events provided by Graduate School of Life Sciences
(Mon 14 Oct 2019 - Fri 24 Jul 2020)

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Mon 14 Oct 2019 – Mon 4 May

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October 2019

Mon 14
The Engaged Researcher: Introduction to Social Media Engagement new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

This course will cover how to use Social Media tools for Public Engagement. The course will be delivered by the Social Media and AV team.

Mon 28
The Engaged Researcher: Finding Your Research Story new Finished 09:30 - 13:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

We all love a good story- whether it’s the latest bestselling fiction book or a cheesy soap. And science is full of stories- stories of discovery, of persistence, of hope. Finding these stories can help take your public engagement to the next level, whatever medium you use to communicate.

Thu 31

This short course covers the what, why and how of public engagement and communication. The course is for research staff and PhD students who want to gain the skills and confidence required to plan and deliver an impactful public engagement project.

November 2019

Wed 6
The Engaged Researcher: Telling Your Research Story new Finished 09:30 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

Whether at a conference, a science festival or in the pub, all scientists need to be able to talk about their work in an engaging and understandable way. This practical, hands-on session will help scientists develop their communication skills, so they are confident talking to diverse audiences in a range of environments.

Fri 8
The Engaged Researcher: Media training new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

This course gives an introduction into how to engage with the public through media. It will cover the differing types of media, what makes research newsworthy, how to work with the communications office to gain media coverage, what to expect from an interview (print, pre-recorded, live) and how to communicate well in interviews. It will be delivered jointly with the University Communications team

Wed 13
The Engaged Researcher: Pathways to Impact and Public Engagement new Finished 12:00 - 14:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room G

What is in Impact? This course is going to disentangle academic and non-academic impact. It will explore the current research environment and impact agenda and help you understand how research is funded. You will get to discuss your research in small groups, and think about the types of impact it could generate. You will also understand where Public Engagement sits in the wider Impact agenda. You will have the opportunity to analyse impact cases studies that featured Public Engagement as a pathway to Impact. (Lunch will be provided)

Mon 18
The Engaged Researcher: Shooting your research video new Finished 09:30 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A video is a great way to spread the message of your research to different public audiences across the World! Attendees will be equipped with the skills needed to plan and shoot high quality footage for your very own research-video.

It is strongly recommended that you also attend The Engaged Researcher: Editing Your Research Video session.

(Lunch will be provided)

Fri 22
The Engaged Researcher: Editing your Research Video new Finished 09:30 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Shot your research video? Got lots of video clips, photographs & audio you want to bring together to make one research video to share with public audiences around the World? Attendees on this course will learn how to cut, add soundtracks and do audio-mixing to edit their very own research video.

Fri 29
The Engaged Researcher: An introduction to planning and evaluating impactful public engagement new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Multi-function Room

This short course covers the what, why and how of public engagement and communication. The course is for research staff and PhD students who want to gain the skills and confidence required to plan and deliver an impactful public engagement project.

December 2019

Tue 3
The Engaged Researcher: Evaluation of Public Engagement new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Successful engagement with the public can benefit research, researchers and the public – but how do you go about demonstrating this change? Evaluation of engagement doesn’t just help us demonstrate the value of our PE initiatives but can help bring us closer to our audiences by giving the public a strong clear voice. This workshop will guide you through the best evaluation processes showing you When, Why and crucially How to use evaluation to give you reliable and clear data. Demonstrate success to funders; record Impact for REF; learn how to improve your processes and have a better understanding of the people you are connecting with. This course is going to be run by Jamie Galagher: Jamie is an award-winning freelance science communicator and engagement professional. He has delivered training around the world, from skyscrapers of Hong Kong to tents in the African bush. Having had four years’ experience as the central PE lead for the University of Glasgow he has worked on improving the reach, profile and impact of research engagement in almost every academic discipline. Specialising in evaluation Jamie provides consultancy services to charities and universities helping them to demonstrate their impact and understand their audiences and stakeholders. Jamie is also an associate editor of the Research for All journal. He was named as one of the “100 leading practising scientists in the UK” by the Science Council and as one of the “175 Faces of Chemistry” by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He won the International 3 Minute Thesis Competition and Famelab Scotland. www.jamiebgall.co.uk @jamiebgall

January 2020

Tue 21
The Engaged Researcher: Media training Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 11

This course gives an introduction into how to engage with the public through media. It will cover the differing types of media, what makes research newsworthy, how to work with the communications office to gain media coverage, what to expect from an interview (print, pre-recorded, live) and how to communicate well in interviews. It will be delivered jointly with the University Communications team

Wed 22
The Engaged Researcher: Working with Museums new Finished 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.

February 2020

Tue 4

This short course covers the what, why and how of public engagement and communication. The course is for research staff and PhD students who want to gain the skills and confidence required to plan and deliver an impactful public engagement project.

Wed 5
The Engaged Researcher: Comedy in communicating your research new Finished 14:00 - 17:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

Ever wanted to bring comedy into your public engagement projects? This is for you, as trainer Steve Cross helps researchers to improve their communication skills, build confidence and find creative ways of communicating their research.

Fri 7

This course will give an introduction to Public and Patient Involvement. You will find out about local support available in the region to help plan, deliver and build PPI into research, that will improve research for patients and services users and carers. This course will be delivered by Dr Amanda Stranks, PPI/E and Communications Strategy Lead NIHR Cambridge BRC Communications and PPI/E Department,

Mon 10
The Engaged Researcher: Working with Schools new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room G

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

Fri 14
The Engaged Researcher: Animate your research new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 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/)

Tue 25
The Engaged Researcher: Evaluation of Public Engagement new Finished 14:00 - 17:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 11

Successful engagement with the public can benefit research, researchers and the public – but how do you go about demonstrating this change? Evaluation of engagement doesn’t just help us demonstrate the value of our PE initiatives but can help bring us closer to our audiences by giving the public a strong clear voice. This workshop will guide you through the best evaluation processes showing you When, Why and crucially How to use evaluation to give you reliable and clear data. Demonstrate success to funders; record Impact for REF; learn how to improve your processes and have a better understanding of the people you are connecting with. This course is going to be run by Jamie Galagher: Jamie is an award-winning freelance science communicator and engagement professional. He has delivered training around the world, from skyscrapers of Hong Kong to tents in the African bush. Having had four years’ experience as the central PE lead for the University of Glasgow he has worked on improving the reach, profile and impact of research engagement in almost every academic discipline. Specialising in evaluation Jamie provides consultancy services to charities and universities helping them to demonstrate their impact and understand their audiences and stakeholders. Jamie is also an associate editor of the Research for All journal. He was named as one of the “100 leading practising scientists in the UK” by the Science Council and as one of the “175 Faces of Chemistry” by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He won the International 3 Minute Thesis Competition and Famelab Scotland. www.jamiebgall.co.uk @jamiebgall

Thu 27
The Engaged Researcher: Introduction to Social Media Engagement new CANCELLED 10:00 - 13:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 10

This course will cover how to use Social Media tools for Public Engagement. The course will be delivered by the Social Media and AV team.

March 2020

Fri 6
The Engaged Researcher: Engaging with Policy new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Seminar Room

This session will be an introduction to Public Engagement and Policy. The session will start with a short introduction to Public Engagement and Stakeholder involvement. It will then focus on how researchers can get started in engaging with policymakers and explore synergies between governmental structures and higher education institutions in the UK. The session will be co-led by Dr. Maja Spanu, a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations.

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/

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/

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.

May 2020

Mon 4

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 Thursday 2pm-4pm: Do you have any questions? 1:1 advice sessions (not mandatory to attend!)

Engaged Researcher: Masterclass - Working with funding bodies new Finished 15:30 - 17:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

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. This training is now going to be on MS teams: Email dam74@cam.ac.uk if you'd like to take part.