Engaging the public with controversial areas of research- Online Training, 13/01/2021

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Blackboard Collaborate (Online)
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This course aims: 

  • To develop confidence, skills and knowledge in engaging the public with controversial areas of research
  • To mobilise the research community to engage the public with controversial areas around their work
  • For researchers to understand that engagement when done well is a mutually beneficial activity
  • To motivate participants to engage the public with their research including controversial aspects of their work

Target participants: 

Researchers interested in exploring the skills to engage the public with controversial areas of research. 

Learning objectives: 

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • explore factors that make a subject controversial and understand where controversy comes from

Participants will develop skills and knowledge to:

  • Assess controversy in their own research
  • engage the public with their research
  • navigate controversy effectively when engaging the public.
  • better understand the values of those they are engaging with and how this relates to developing effective engagement practice
  • understand engagement as a key part of responsible research


This course will be facilitated by Helen Featherstone. Find out more about our experienced training team here.

Course Fee

£60 per delegate (standard ticket) or £50 for PEP Network Members.

It is free to join the NCCPE's public engagement professionals network (or PEP Network), which aims to support public engagement professionals across the UK working in higher education and research to access CPD, peer support and the latest thinking on engagement.

Please note, booking for this training session closes on Friday 8th January 2021. If you miss the booking deadline please email us to enquire about availability of places.