Public Engagement Masterclass

Applications are invited for this new Public Engagement Masterclass. This workshop is aimed at newly independent and other mid-career researchers and will provide the opportunity to explore the role of engagement within your research and how you and your group can engage with people outside academia in an effective and rewarding way.

The programme will address the wider societal context of public engagement with research and discuss how to engage and partner with different communities (e.g. cultural organisations or community groups). The course will incorporate a mixture of workshop-style sessions, individual reflections, panel discussions and short talks from prominent researchers who have successfully embedded public engagement within their work.

The workshop is open to researchers from all disciplines, with a limited number of bursaries places available. To optimize discussions and interactions between tutors and participants, numbers are limited; therefore, early application is advised. For further information, visit the workshop website.

Topics will include:

  • The context of public engagement
  • Understanding audiences
  • Inspiring conversations
  • Engagement at the front line
  • How to engage
  • Making the most of partnerships
  • Community partners and patient groups
  • Cultural organisations
  • Strategic evaluation
  • Public engagement – turning your plans into action
  • Evidence of impact.

Programme committee
Karen Bultitude (University College London, UK)
Sophie Duncan (National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, UK)
Chloe Sheppard (Wellcome Trust, UK)

Confirmed tutors and speakers
Kim Aumann (Boing Boing Community Interest Company, UK)
Dan Bird (Whitefire Associates Ltd, UK)
Paul McCrory (Learn Differently Ltd, UK)
Mary Chambers (Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam)
Paul Fletcher (University of Cambridge, UK)
Sara Houston (University of Roehampton, UK)
Erinma Ochu (University of Manchester, UK)
Steven Hill (Higher Education Funding Council for England, UK)
Averil Horton (Brunel University, UK)

Application deadline: 1 June
Event date: 27-29 July 2015
Location: Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Find out more and apply here.

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