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An invitation to attend a University of Cambridge public engagement seminar

Thursday 21 January 2010,  3pm, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Providing the opportunity for departmental representatives to come together to discuss best practice in public engagement.

The seminar offers different levels of workshops, so whether you are just starting out in public engagement or have considerable experience, we hope that there will be something for everyone.
University of Cambridge public engagement seminar

1.    Arrival, 3pm
2.    Introduction to public engagement at the University, 3.10pm
3.    Case studies                                        
- Public engagement in the arts, humanities and social sciences, 3.30pm
Mrs Victoria Lever, Departmental Secretary, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic       
- Public engagement in the sciences, 3.50pm
Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright, Educational Outreach Officer, Cavendish Laboratory   
4.    Parallel breakout sessions, 4.10pm

•     Option 1: Public engagement: first steps
What is public engagement and why is it relevant to you and your department? This session will provide an introduction to public engagement, including an overview of different audiences and the ways in which you can engage them. You will plan a pilot public engagement activity, looking at practical aspects such as event management, marketing and evaluation. This session is particularly appropriate for individuals and departments looking to initiate public engagement work.

•     Option 2: Communicating your work to non-specialists
Join Communications Coach Sarah Cruise in this fully interactive session, to explore how to make your research interesting and accessible to general audiences. Group discussions and practical exercises will give you a chance to try out your verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Less is more – can you inspire the rest of the group about your research in 30 seconds? This session is particularly suitable for academics and graduate students looking to develop their skills to communicate their subject to non-specialist public audiences.

•     Option 3: Expanding your public engagement profile
How do you maximise your impact by building on the public engagement work that you are already carrying out? This session will look at opportunities to reach new audiences and to increase the impact of your discipline by developing sustained public engagement activities. With practical tips on funding and engaging hard-to-reach audiences. This session is particularly appropriate for individuals and departments with some experience in public engagement work, who would like to develop the activities they can offer.

5.    Next steps, 5.15pm

6.    Reception, 5.30pm Network with academics and students involved in public engagement work, including a live communication showcase from participants of the Rising Stars course

Free of charge, booking essential.
Contact: Linda.whyles@admin.cam.ac.uk 01223 332225

Posted on 17/12/2009

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