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No matter how experienced you are at engaging the public with your research, we believe there are always opportunities to develop and learn new skills and techniques. We’ve created a list of available training opportunities to help you on your way. Your institution may offer its own training in public engagement, so contact your knowledge transfer office or public engagement unit to check.

The NCCPE also runs its own training courses, take a look at the training NCCPE has to offer for current opportunities, or sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date. If you are interested in more bespoke training for yourself or institution, or would like to share your training opportunity on our page, please contact us to find out more.

External training opportunities

British Science Association, Media Fellowships
Fellowships are offered to practising scientists, social scientists, clinicians and engineers and provide placements working with national press, broadcast or internet journalists with the aim of building understanding between science and society.  During placements of between 3 to 8 weeks, fellows learn to work within the conditions and constraints of the media to produce accurate and well-informed pieces about developments in science. 

Involve/Consultation Institute, Evaluating Public Engagement
This one day course has been specially designed to look at the growing need for evaluation, and equip staff to apply best practice principles. Courses run throughout the year at various venues around the UK.

UWE Science Communication Unit, Science Communication Masterclass
And intensive four day course created to provide professional development in science communication. The masterclass draws on the existing expertise of the team that delivers UWE's popular and practical MSc in Science Communication.

UWE Science Communication Unit, Bespoke short courses in science communication
The Science Communication Unit is able to offer a suite of short training opportunities which meet knowledge, training and development needs of organisations, companies and learned institutions working in the field of science communication.

Famelab is an annual competition to find the next ‘new voice’ of science and engineering. You will get the opportunity to take part in a fun event, practice presenting your science to public audiences and if you get through to the final you will also receive special training which will contribute to your professional development.

Sense About Science, Voice of Young Science (VoYS) Media Workshops
These popular full day events are free and open to early career researchers in all sciences, engineering and medicine who are passionate about science and want to communicate science to a wider audience.

Brunel University Centre for Citizen Participation (CCP)
The Centre for Citizen Participation is an initiative which undertakes research and provides education, training and consultancy in the field of user involvement and public participation.

Royal Society, Communication and Media Skills
The Royal Society provides three courses for scientists on communication and media skills; a one day communication skills course developing written and spoken communication skills; a one day media skills training course developing skills in working with television, radio, newspapers and other media; and a two-day residential course combining the two courses mentioned above.

Royal Society, Pairing Scheme
The MP and Scientist pairing scheme aims to build bridges between some of the best research workers in the country and members of the UK parliament.

BBSRC, Media Training
This course provides an introduction to the media and how to use it to promote your science. The course is tailor-made for scientists working on BBSRC science and follows a bespoke programme created by our media office.

Participation Cymru Training
Participation Cymru offer a range of one and two-day courses to help develop methods and skills in public engagement. The training can be tailored to meet your organisational and individual needs.

Wellcome Trust, Public Engagement Masterclass
This course is aimed at newly independent and other mid-career researchers and will provide the opportunity to explore the role of engagement within your research and how you and your group can engage with non-specialist publics outside academia in an effective and rewarding way.

Natural Environment Research Council, Public Engagement Training
NERC-funded students are eligible for free training to develop their science communication and public engagement skills.

Royal Society of Biology
Offering a wide variety of science communication training courses, including public engagement: first steps, an introduction to science podcasting, beginners video making, writing for non-specialists, science communication.