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The Engaged Researcher: Public Engagement Training

Programme of events provided by Graduate School of Life Sciences
(Mon 14 Oct 2019 - Tue 8 Sep 2020)

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Wed 6 May 2020 – Mon 8 Jun 2020

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May 2020

Wed 6

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!)

Thu 7

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!)

Mon 11

Capturing your audience’s attention and keeping it is vital for any type of public engagement. Having a good story to tell and then telling it in a compelling way enables you to connect with a wide audience. This module takes you through the art and science of storytelling: exploring attention and motivation, dramatic structure, rhetorical devices, visual enhancements, and peripheral influences so that you can craft your own engaging story.

Tue 12

Capturing your audience’s attention and keeping it is vital for any type of public engagement. Having a good story to tell and then telling it in a compelling way enables you to connect with a wide audience. This module takes you through the art and science of storytelling: exploring attention and motivation, dramatic structure, rhetorical devices, visual enhancements, and peripheral influences so that you can craft your own engaging story.

Wed 13

Capturing your audience’s attention and keeping it is vital for any type of public engagement. Having a good story to tell and then telling it in a compelling way enables you to connect with a wide audience. This module takes you through the art and science of storytelling: exploring attention and motivation, dramatic structure, rhetorical devices, visual enhancements, and peripheral influences so that you can craft your own engaging story.

Thu 14

Capturing your audience’s attention and keeping it is vital for any type of public engagement. Having a good story to tell and then telling it in a compelling way enables you to connect with a wide audience. This module takes you through the art and science of storytelling: exploring attention and motivation, dramatic structure, rhetorical devices, visual enhancements, and peripheral influences so that you can craft your own engaging story.

Fri 15

Capturing your audience’s attention and keeping it is vital for any type of public engagement. Having a good story to tell and then telling it in a compelling way enables you to connect with a wide audience. This module takes you through the art and science of storytelling: exploring attention and motivation, dramatic structure, rhetorical devices, visual enhancements, and peripheral influences so that you can craft your own engaging story.

Mon 18
The Engaged Researcher: Animate your research new CANCELLED 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/)

Animations can be a powerful tool to convey a message and to capture your audiences attention and interest. By bringing movement into your visualisation you add a new dimension to your visual storytelling and the process can be incredibly creative. This course will introduce you to a range of animation techniques using simple techniques to get you started on animating your own research. No previous knowledge or special equipment required.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to animation with instructions on how to work on your own animation throughout the week

Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise

Friday Session 3: - showcase and presentation of the produced animations

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.

Animations can be a powerful tool to convey a message and to capture your audiences attention and interest. By bringing movement into your visualisation you add a new dimension to your visual storytelling and the process can be incredibly creative. This course will introduce you to a range of animation techniques using simple techniques to get you started on animating your own research. No previous knowledge or special equipment required.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to animation with instructions on how to work on your own animation throughout the week

Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise

Friday Session 3: - showcase and presentation of the produced animations

Fri 22

Animations can be a powerful tool to convey a message and to capture your audiences attention and interest. By bringing movement into your visualisation you add a new dimension to your visual storytelling and the process can be incredibly creative. This course will introduce you to a range of animation techniques using simple techniques to get you started on animating your own research. No previous knowledge or special equipment required.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to animation with instructions on how to work on your own animation throughout the week

Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise

Friday Session 3: - showcase and presentation of the produced animations

The Engaged Researcher: Playshop - Devising and Pitching Games Inspired by Academic Research new CANCELLED 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’.

Mon 25

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A research video can be a great way to get your message across to your collaborators, your friends, and the wider world as well as being a condition of some funding bodies. But it isn't easy to do well - and this is where this course will make a difference. Come along and learn the skills needed to plan, shoot & edit high quality footage for research videos so that your video can stand out from the crowd. You just need yourself, a camera phone and your enthusiasm!

Tue 26
The Engaged Researcher: Cambridge Creative Encounters - Behind the Curtains new (1 of 2) Finished 09:00 - 12:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Have you ever imagined how your research might look and sound on stage? This is your opportunity to explore the world of theatre playwriting together with professionals from Menagerie Theatre Company. One participant will have the exclusive opportunity to get a funded place in a workshop for young writers with the chance to see their writing performed before an audience during 'The Hotbed Theatre Festival'.

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A research video can be a great way to get your message across to your collaborators, your friends, and the wider world as well as being a condition of some funding bodies. But it isn't easy to do well - and this is where this course will make a difference. Come along and learn the skills needed to plan, shoot & edit high quality footage for research videos so that your video can stand out from the crowd. You just need yourself, a camera phone and your enthusiasm!

Wed 27
The Engaged Researcher: Working with Schools new CANCELLED 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

Thu 28

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A research video can be a great way to get your message across to your collaborators, your friends, and the wider world as well as being a condition of some funding bodies. But it isn't easy to do well - and this is where this course will make a difference. Come along and learn the skills needed to plan, shoot & edit high quality footage for research videos so that your video can stand out from the crowd. You just need yourself, a camera phone and your enthusiasm!

Fri 29

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A research video can be a great way to get your message across to your collaborators, your friends, and the wider world as well as being a condition of some funding bodies. But it isn't easy to do well - and this is where this course will make a difference. Come along and learn the skills needed to plan, shoot & edit high quality footage for research videos so that your video can stand out from the crowd. You just need yourself, a camera phone and your enthusiasm!

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

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)