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Public Engagement training courses at the University of Cambridge

Rising Stars public engagement training

Applications are now invited from Cambridge University researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for the Rising Stars course in Public Engagement. The course takes participants through the steps involved in planning, organising and delivering a public engagement activity. By ‘public engagement’ or ‘outreach’, we mean engaging ‘non-specialists’ with your academic discipline. Those interested can visit for more information and to apply. Deadline for applications: 25 January 2015.


Your research message

Time: 2pm – 4.30pm

Date: Tuesday 27 January

Venue: Seminar room E, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Description: Your research message explores how research ideas can be translated and discussed in the public domain, using storytelling as one tool for organising a structured research narrative.

The workshop helps participants identify practical ways for developing their research message, and shows them how to use communication skills effectively.

Open to: Research staff and students (25 places)

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Communication skills for public engagement

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Date: Thursday 29 January

Venue: Seminar Room 5, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, Cambridge

This course will look at the purpose of a presentation and how to choose an effective medium and venue to get a research message across to a public audience. It will be highly interactive, using methods from stand-up comedy, and will give all participants the opportunity to develop, practice and present their own short piece. It is specifically designed for people who are very hesitant about speaking in public

Open to: Research staff and students (8 places)

To apply for a place: send ~60 words outlining why you should be considered for a place on this course to

This will run again on Thursday 7 May. If you would like to be considered for this course, please let us know.


Workshop on Public Engagement and Animal Research: dispelling myths, being open.

Time: 2pm – 4.30pm

Date: Tuesday 24 February

Venue: Seminar Room 6, Clinical School, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Description: This workshop, led by Dr Bella Williams, Head of Engagement at Understanding Animal Research, outlines the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research and provides advice and practical information on how best to talk about the use of animals in your research including how best to deal with difficult questions from the public, the media and campaigners.

Open to: Research staff and students (30 places)

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Your research video

Time: 10am – 5pm

Date: Friday 24 April

Venue: Phoenix 2 Training Room, New Museums Site

Description: Your research video is a one day course which teaches researchers the skills required to make a short film. The course shows how very low-budget short films can create excitement and generate discussion about research. Participants will explore filmmaking techniques and plan, film and edit footage to give them the skills to produce a short film.

Open to: Research staff and students (15 places)

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Posted on 13/01/2015

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