Training for Researchers
Training available to help you find out more about public engagement and develop your skills
We have a number of training courses available to help you learn about and develop your public engagement skills. Full details for the 2016-17 academic year are below. Unless otherwise stated these courses are available to all DPhil students and researchers.
Introduction to Public Engagement
An introduction for those looking to get started in public engagement with research covering the basics of what it is, how to get started and a chance to be inspired by those already doing it. You will also have the chance to start developing your own plans, get feedback and get pointers to further support and information.
- Tuesday 9 May 2017, 1000-1230, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics
Narrative Skills and Storytelling
This course will help you develop an understanding of what makes a great narrative or story for different non-academic audiences. Our innovative approach involves collaboration and conversations with peers in other disciplines to aid the development of your communication skills. You will also have the opportunity to apply narrative and storytelling approaches to create and present your own compelling research story and get feedback.
No more courses running this academic year. 2017-18 courses will be announced in due course.
Podcast Your Research
From inception to publication; this practical session will take you on a tour through the basics of how to share your research in an engaging manner through podcasting. Through practical exercises the session will introduce approaches to podcasting and some of the basic technical skills of recording, editing and publishing audio files. By the end of the session you will have had the opportunity to create a draft pilot episode, so come prepared with ideas.
The Lifecycle of a Story: from Inspiration to Telling
- Craft compelling and moving stories from your experiences as a scientist using these key story elements: character, conflict, structure, metaphor and description.
- Applythese storytelling and narrative skills to working in the sciences: communicating research to a range of audiences (including publics, media and funding bodies); enhancing presentation skills for lectures and seminars; telling scientific stories across a range of media.
Robert Holtom is a professional storyteller and consultant who has worked with a range of organisations to help them refine and hone their stories for a variety of audiences.
- Tuesday 13 June 2016, 1000-1600, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics
Using Dialogue and Debate to Engage Public Audiences
Do you have an idea you'd like to develop or get funding for? Need advice or a sounding board for a new project? Not sure what to do about your Pathways to Impacts? If you'd like some help with anything public engagement related, Michaela Livingstone (Public Engagement Facilitator) holds open office hours on Tuesday afternoons, 2-3.30pm, at 9 Parks Road. Just email to arrange a time to suit.