Training and Development

A new suite of public engagement training to build confidence and sharpen skills

Staff and students are at the heart of our public engagement effort. We are committed to fostering a campus community that is confident and skilled in championing innovative and thought-provoking public engagement. Our suite of public engagement training includes transferable skills open to all across campus as well as modules tailored for specific groups such as early career researchers or PhD / pre-doc students. Many of our courses link to follow-through engagement opportunities enabling new skills to be put into practice.

Upcoming courses are listed below. All take place in the Discovery Zone, Sulston Building unless otherwise stated. For further details, visit the booking links. 

Getting Started in Public Engagement

Tues 28th Nov 2017, 11:00 - 13:00 (lunch provided)

Presented by the Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement team, this session is suitable for anyone interested in taking their first steps in public engagement or looking to develop their portfolio. This session will provide an overview of the main benefits of public engagement and discussion of the opportunities and support available throughout the year. Capacity: 30 places.

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Enhancing my Digital Footprint: Social Media & Research

Thu 1st Feb 2018, 10:30 - 12:30 (followed by lunch until 13:00)

This session is intended for early career researchers (including PhD / pre-docs) interested in enhancing the profile of their research through social media interactions and digital networking. The course is led by Dr Heather Doran of the University of Aberdeen and a Winston Churchill International Fellow who explored the use of social media in science and research settings around the world and provided expert opinion pieces for the LSE blog and Association of British Science Writers. This session will help you maximise the benefits of digital and social media. We will discuss how you can use these tools to network and grow your career, and how you might integrate and use social media as a public engagement tool within research projects. Heather will cover top-tips to get the most out of networks like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. Even if you don't have an account on these networks you can still reap the rewards of connecting with wider audiences. Capacity: 30 places.

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Become a STEM Ambassador

Thurs 22nd Feb 2018, 14:00 - 16:00 (including coffee and cake)

This session is open to anyone across the Campus who wants to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) to an external audience. This can be either as part of our campus public engagement programme, or through the suite of opportunities offered by our regional STEM Ambassador partner ConnectEB. Many of these opportunities are with schools across Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties. As an offical UK STEM Ambassador, you'll get a free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check paving the way to work in schools and with young people. You will also have access to the fortnightly STEM Ambassador newsletter produced by ConnectEB. If you are based in EMBL-EBI we will also automatically enrol you as an EMBL Schools Ambassador as part of this session, creating added value to your CV. The session is led by Sue Goodchild of ConnectEB and Fran Gale of the Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement team. Capacity: 20 places.

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Getting out and about with Genomics

Thu 22nd - Fri 23rd March 2018 (commencing 12:30 on 22nd March and finishing 13:00 on 23rd Mar, evening public event on 22nd March from 19:00 - 20:30 in Michaelhouse Cafe, Cambridge)

This lunchtime-to-lunchtime course is an intensive training and engagement experience which will upskill participants in public engagement, science communication and evaluation skills. By the end of the course, participants will have taken part in a real public activity in central Cambridge as part of the Cambridge Science Festival and will have met experts from various partner organisations that could faciliate future public engagement opportunities. The course is led by Dr Kenneth Skeldon and Dr Steve Scott of the Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement team. Capacity: 20 places.

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Performance in Public Engagement

Wed 25th April 2018, 12:30 - 16:30 (with lunch on arrival)

Presented by biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter Simon Watt, this half-day course will explore ways of creating and telling good stories in science. The workshop will look at developing narrative and effectively sharing stories through effective performance skills. Capacity: 25 places.

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Public Engagement Masterclass

In addition to our courses for campus staff and students, we also deliver an annual Public Engagement Masterclass in partnership with Wellcome and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). This intensive and immersive 3-day residential course is open to newly independent and mid-career researchers across the UK on a competitive application basis. Plans for 2018 are in development but you can explore the programme for previous courses.

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