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The British Ecological Society has recently launched its new digital SciComm and Public Engagement training programme online via the training hub on their website. Running through May – August 2020, interactive workshops and resources are available and range greatly from pitching your research to television producers and constructing illustrated Zines, through to constructing websites and social media video production.

You can browse the full list via the link below:

The programme is focused towards those in the environmental sciences, and offers workshops and resources suitable both to those with little prior experience in SciComm/ public engagement to professionals.

Their interactive workshops are available to non-members, and whilst BES members do receive discounted rates, all prices are between £5 - £80 and they do encourage those in financial hardship to apply for support. Students can sign up for a free 12-month membership.

You are encouraged to register your interest and apply via the sign up buttons online asap, as spaces are limited and sign ups have begun.

Their first workshop is very relevant to those interested in increasing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) in engagement.

Led by Hana Ayoob on May 18th 14:00 – 16:00, ‘Developing Activities with your Audience in Mind’ focuses explicitly on designing engagement and education activities focusing on marginalised and vulnerable groups, taking into consideration the barriers they are likely to face when engaging with the natural world and complex topics. The two hour webinar will be accompanied by a guide of resources for all attendees.